â€œThe Four Girls of Civet Have that Pretty-in-a-Dirty-Way Thing Going on Like They Own itâ€ (Exclaim)
Civet, a wicked Long Beach, CA foursome aptly self-described as â€œfemme fatale punk rock,â€ has joined the Hellcat ranks, home to fellow agitators Tiger Army, HorrorPops and Rancid. â€œWe are honored to join the Hellcat family and to be associated with the artists that continue to keep punk rock alive,â€ says the band.
The girls of Civet (Ms Liza Graves on vocals and guitar, Suzi Homewrecker on guitar, Jacqui Valentine on bass and Danni Harrowyn on drums) do a excellent job of carrying on the long history of girl bands with broken hearts and an axe to grind â€“ think early Distillers, Bikini Kill and the Runaways â€“ but do so with a humor and brazen, in-your-face gorgeousness that sets them apart from the reflexive feminist stance that at times burdened their predecessors. The LA Weekly raves, â€œThis fang-baring foursome clearly have no time for indulgent genre-gilding, bearing down instead with a large-caliber brat-a-tat-tat aggression that shreds any musical bull’s-eye they draw a bead on.â€
Nominated as best punk band at the LA Weekly Awards, Civet drew the attention of Rancid frontman and Hellcat founder Tim Armstrong after recording and releasing a blistering debut with pro-skater/punk legend Duane Peters. â€œWe love their music and we’ve known about them for awhile, and every year they’ve gotten better and better,â€ says Armstrong.
Currently recording their Hellcat debut with producer Julian Raymond (Suicide Machines), the girls are working in down â€˜n dirty, old school all-night sessions in between tour dates with new labelmates Orange.