Like most bands of the indie-rock persuasion, the members of Western Civ tend to balk at efforts to define the band’s sound. “Can I just tell you what it isn’t?” asks guitarist/singer Rich Henderson. And it’s not that he hasn’t had time to mull it over– Henderson and his longtime pals belong squarely in the catagory of musical “lifers”. “I don’t think I could do anything else,” Henderson says, his generally-easygoing features taking on a steely edge as he makes the admission.
03.13.09 – Sheffield, AL – Old Town Tavern *
03.28.09 – Brooklyn, NY – Spike Hill
* Hometown CD release show.
Despite Henderson’s characteristic reticence, a few adjectives spring readily to mind when listening to the Chapel Hill, NC-transplants release, the Mitch Easter-produced Shower The People You Love With Gold: terms like “textured” and “intricate” might seem at odds with “infectious” and “raucous”, yet any listener who’s ever worn an ironic thrift-store sweater would be compelled to admit that, yes, they all apply.