MP3 Western Civ - Shower the People You Love With Gold
Weaving detailed tapestries out of raw guitar driven sound, this album takes you to the edge of deep indie rock and back again sprinkling you with lush ear candy every step of the way.
10 MP3 Songs in this album (39:53) !
Related styles: ROCK: College Rock, ROCK: Garage Rock
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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.
Despite Henderson''s characteristic reticence, a few adjectives spring readily to mind when listening to the Chapel Hill, NC-based outfit''s upcoming 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.
The new release, due on the 24th of February, is the third from the group, whose core lineup of Henderson, Jason Briggs, and Bryan Cabler remains unchanged. The trio is frequently augmented both on stage and in the studio by cohorts Jason Hall, Kemper McDowell, and Ken Larson).
Western Civ descended on Mitch Easter''s Fidelitorium Studios in May 2008 to lay the tracks for Shower, which was recorded in eight days and mixed in five. "We''re ecstatic at the outcome of the new record," gushes drummer Cabler, whose enthusaism often serves as the precise opposite of Henderson''s restraint. "Working with Mitch was easily the most amazing experience of my...can I call this a ''career''? Maybe I should say ''my musical life''."
Henderson, Briggs, and Cabler were all members of the same small-town Alabama high school class, and have been making music together with virtually no interruption for well over a decade. Nonetheless, they only began to concentrate on public performances and recording in 2005, when they released the self-recorded EP Regent Kingfish Slumberpad. "We decided to let the rest of the world in on what we''d been doing for fun in a practice room for ages," says bassist Briggs.
Slumberpad was followed, in rapid succession, by the band''s first taste of touring; by its first receipt of flattering critical praise; its relocation, en masse, to Chapel Hill; and the well-received follow-up LP, 2007''s Remington Steele Magnolia.
Magnolia, in turn, garnered impressive radio play and justified further touring before the group turned its attention to the studio again-- this time with Mitch Easter at the controls -- to begin tracking Shower The People You Love With Gold, a ten-track affair loaded with exuberant melodies, guitars that alternately buzz, shimmer, and wail, quirky lyrical conventions, thunderous rhythm-section heroics, and Mitch Easter''s renowned mixing-desk brilliance.
As the album, which was tracked on 24-track Studer analog tape machine, began to take shape, Easter''s studio toybox was plundered by the band-- in addition to typical rock instruments, a 1980''s Casio keyboard, a vintage Leslie cabinet, and a child''s bull roar toy were employed in the pursuit of sonic diversity. And that''s to say nothing of the bright-orange metal folding chair which was rechristined an instrument, miked up, and played con brio by Cabler with a drum stick.
Western Civ will be touring extensively in 2009 in support of the new release, which will be available on https://www.tradebit.com, https://www.tradebit.com, https://www.tradebit.com and can be ordered by your local record shop through Super D Distribution.
What People Are Saying About Western Civ''s "Shower The People You Love With Gold":
"This is Indie RAWK!: Listening to their album, Shower The People You Love With Gold you would find it difficult to believe that this band doesn''t have textbooks filled with notes on how to make noisy, obnoxious rock and roll from the library of Steve Albini.
Making their album even more appealing is the fact that it was recorded with the assistance of one Mitch Easter. This of course means the thing is going to sound unbelievable and up the RAWK quotient even more. That being said, Shower The People You Love With Gold comes out on February 24th and should be worthy of some attention."
The POP! Stereo - https://www.tradebit.com
"As already noted, famed producer and former Let’s Active frontman Mitch Easter produced Western Civ’s up-coming new album, Shower the People You Love With Gold.
Now comes the announcement that Easter will join Western Civ at the band’s album release party on Feb. 26 at Local 506 in Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill’s Embarrassing Fruits will also share the bill with Easter and Western Civ.
Easter is probably best known for his work with R.E.M. on Murmur and Reckoning, Pavement on Brighten the Corners, Dinosaur Jr. on Whatever’s Cool with Me and Superchunk. Traces of his work with these artists can be heard on the first track Western Civ released from the album, “I Am A Waterfall.”
What People Are Saying about Western Civ in General:
"Floc members, Western Civ have finished laying down the tracks for their new record and will be returning to the studio to mix in June. Visit https://www.tradebit.com or join the Western Civ group to stay up to date. You''ll want to be one of the people that can say, "I was listening to them way before they were everybody''s favorite band".
Chris Bowie - Fans of Left of Center newsletter on Facebook (Jun 2, 2008)
"Good bands, like good ideas, can come out of anywhere. And this Alabama band is proof that one anywhere is as good as another anywhere when it comes to transforming good ideas into good sounds."
Roger Miller, Mission of Burma
"...the record reveals an honesty that is missing from many of today’s up-and-comers."
“The best quality of Remington Steel Magnolia is the players’ ability to come together and achieve their specific, fuzzy sound, rather than focusing on the performance of individual members. Even the lead vocal is treated as just another instrument in the mix, which usually works in the band’s favor."
William Cane - Performer Magazine (Sep 1, 2007)