So, we got offered to support Tom Hingley from Inspiral Carpets fame, at South Sea Live in Sheffield on September 19th September. This gig should be absolutely amazing – it’s a total mash of genres, with acoustic sets, indie, and, well, us doing our post-rock thang. It’s also our first gig in Sheffield, a city we’ve always wanted to play. I reckon it’ll be pretty packed, so make sure you get down early. To check out the line-up, head over to Facebook.
On 20th September, we had a “little” mention in the Huddersfield Examiner. Expecting to have a teeny little box of words, we ended up with our mugs plastered all over the Arts & Culture section. Have a read of the article online via the link above to read what Adam has to say about the band, work, and post-rock.
AND, we also got a mention over at A Closer Listen, an amazing site, in an article reviewing upcoming post-rock albums. Check it out, along with some other great LPs. Here’s a snippet:
The quintet’s debut album might have been the sound of bitterness and violence, but instead, it’s the sound of confidence and determination. Prometheus stole fire out of love for humanity, and Civil Protection produces that same sort of fire: the fire of warmth and comfort, instead of the fire of anger and destruction.
The time has come to update you all on the upcoming mini-tour. We’ve still got nights available on the 14th, 15th, 18th, 19th and 20th, so if you know of any gigs going that would be even better with us on the bill, just let us know.
20/09 – The Parish, Huddersfield
11/10 – Bar 1:22, Huddersfield
12/10 – Rock & Roll Circus, Leeds
13/10 – The Winning Post, York
16/10 – The Maze, Nottingham
17/10 – Buffalo Bar, Islington
26/10 – The Fox & Newt, Leeds
At Bar 1:22 and The Winning Post, we’re playing the album in its entirety, so make sure you head down to one of these nights to help us celebrate the release of the album. And watch us get plastered. It’s an inevitability.
Reviews have been coming in thick and fast, and they’re all positively brilliant. We were not expecting such a great response! Over at Heavy Metal Time Machine, they summed us, and the album, up as:
…a group that, having grown from it’s humble beginnings, has branched out musically. Seeing as their full-length debut album offers fresh and original material that is both treasured and tragic it’s not that far-fetched to suggest that “Stolen Fire” will make it’s way onto one of more year end “Best-Of” lists!
A rather splendid review from the chaps over at The Sound Of Confusion:
It houses a true intensity; like being hit by a solar flare while in your Y-fronts… Civil Protection have shown that they are easily the match of their peers and where they take us next will be one ride I want to be on.
The only “negative” (and I say that in the loosest term, as it’s still a really good, constructive piece) review we’ve had is over at Vibrations, a Leeds-based magazine, but they give great advice:
There is much to be admired here, and if Civil Protection can focus on (even recognise?) the elements of their music that make them a cut above the rest, their second album could be really something very special indeed.
And finally, the title of St. Paul’s Lifestyle, says it all:
CIVIL PROTECTION – STOLEN FIRE STEALS OUR HEARTS AND SENSES.
Can’t really ask for any more. Well, maybe a grand or two, that would be nice.
A lot has happened since I last posted here; music, tour, work, personal stuff (nothing bad!) etc. Hence why I haven’t touched this blog in ages. Let’s not dawdle.
First up, we recorded the album back in June/July at Studio MBUA in Huddersfield and Active Audio Studios over in Harrogate. We split the sessions so Josh, Nathan and Adam could record their tracks in the comfort of Adam’s abode, and myself (Phil) and Kenny laid down the rhythm in sunny Harrogate. It was hard work for all, in particular Adam, who spent pretty much an entire month mixing and mastering the damned thing. If you get chance, send your love his way – he deserves it.
We settled on naming the album after the first truly post-rock song we ever wrote, and its turned out to be an aptly-named title, too. Stolen Fire will be released on 7th October through Bunnysnot Records, with a pre-release coming some time in September. You can hear a full track, Alaska, over on Bandcamp and Soundcloud.
We’ve also done a couple of gigs, most notably over at Fox & Newt in Leeds as part of the Bad Owl Presents post-rock night. This was an absolute belter, where we showcased an unplayed song, and met an amazing band under the name of Vasa, hailing all the way from Glasgow. If you like math-rock, or just like good music, check them out. Another notable gig was at Carpe Diem, where we played yet ANOTHER new song (a song we were bricking over playing), and it went down incredibly well. A mass of people we know personally, but had never heard us before, came to check us out and we were pleasantly surprised at their positive reactions. This was followed by an epic piss-up, a common post-gig occurrence. If you ever want to join in with the festivities, just hang around with us after a gig.
If you head over to Farpastpost, you’ll hear an unreleased track, My Memories Will Be Part Of The Sky, on their podcast as well as a shit-ton of other amazing like-minded bands. Go listen now.
I’ll post a few more later in the week, maybe with a look at the album art.
It’s a little late to advertise our next gig here, but tomorrow we’re gigging with The Astral Plain at The Sportsman, Ploughcroft (just north of Halifax) in support of their album launch. It should be an amazing show, and we’re all looking forward to it. Come out to support this amazing shoegaze band.
We’re also REALLY looking forward to playing a full post-rock gig with Glaswegian outfit VASA, Invisible Cities, and Mountain Range. We’ve been looking forward to this for a long, long time. So, get yourself to The Fox And Newt in Leeds on 1st June.
I’ve been dropping hints of a potential album, and it’s happening – we’re getting signed to Bunnysnot Records, a small but great indie label. This means we’re currently working out arses off to get an album done, and then we’ll be sorting out a small tour to coincide with the album launch, aimed mainly at the South of England. Obviously, excitement is currently overflowing at the Civil Protection HQ, and we cannot wait to get this thing out to you guys. I’ll keep the website updated on any further info.
AND, Adam Fielding has released his third album, Icarus! Go check it out. It’s on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon and other distribution sites.
Hello y’all! The sun has finally showed itself here in cold York. And with the sun comes new tidings for Civil Protection. I didn’t specifically state either good or bad news, as there’s a bit of both here.
First, the good news – both Josh and Kenny are well on the road to recovery, and they both look human again. Kenny’s hand is healing up lovely, and he can now use his right hand to full effect where he plans to beat away for an hour at a time. On his drum kit. Josh’s jaw is looking good too, and he’s back to eating solids. This means that we’re now booking up practice time and are back on the look-out for gigs! So, if you’re into us, and would like us to play at your venue or you know somewhere we should play, send us an e-mail or contact us on Facebook.
We’re also close to finishing another song, and the boys have a few ideas knocking around their craniums for others. Our plan is to get another 3 or so songs mushed together other the next month, so keep yer eyes glued to the blog. With this push for music comes other good news, but I’ll hold off on that until we get solid confirmation, but expect us to do a few gigs down South later in the year in conjunction with this news.
We got a mention on Twitter, and it appears another review for The The Lines Are Drawn EP has surfaced! Check it out over at We Must Obey, they seem to like us.
the band certainly are capable of being able to make a step up to the bigger stage with future releases on this evidence, with plenty of room for their sound to develop even further.
I like that. I like that a lot. And developed the sound has.
Now, the bad news – we’ve unfortunately lost Elisa Etemad on keys. Things didn’t quite work out, and she’s hoping to concentrate on her amazing jewellery-making shop over in Huddersfield, and this will give her loads of opportunity to do so. We’ll all miss her, and we all wish her the best for the future (this sounds like we’ll never see her again, but we will because she comes out partying with us). Do her a favour and support her business, Crafty Praxis in Huddersfield.
It’s a sad, sad world where a band has to cancel gigs due to thugs being utter pricks. We’ve had to cancel three gigs, all falling in this month, due to a racist attack on poor Josh and Kenny. They got it bad. I don’t really want to dwell on the situation as it was pretty nasty, resulting in a broken jaw and broken hand. Needless to say, the police are involved, and hopefully they’ll find out who did this. The rest of the band send their love to the two broken comrades, both of whom are on the road to recovery.
Do you like films? Do you like weird, experimental, sci-fi films? My university friend Chris Marsh over at Retronica Video is currently planning a ’70′s influenced sci-fi short, and it sounds amazing. He’s on the lookout for some funding (but really not that much), and if this is your thing, help him and his cast & crew create this piece by sending him some of your pennies over at indiegogo. Now that I’ve advertised his stuff, he might be more inclined to create a music video for us. You know you want to, Chris.
Since we released two post-rock demos on Soundcloud, we’ve been working on another handful of tunes, and it’d be fair to say we’ve got quite a number of songs written now. We’re pushing over the standard 30 minute gig slot with epic, flowing, colourful post-rock goodness,and we seem to be adding more and more ideas to our repertoire. And these new songs/ideas are sounding brilliant. As an apology for the cancelled gigs, here’s a demo of My Memories Will Be Part Of The Sky. Remember, this is a demo and is full of mistakes, and will most likely sound different
once we’ve got the album out live.
Wow, what a weekend! All of us a bit nervous about an upcoming gig, we decided to individually knuckle down on our new post-rock songs to make sure that when practice came around, they were as solid as a rock. And it paid off. For once, I didn’t create a total rubbish sound and everything sounded tight, clear, loud, distorted and amazing. Yet we panicked a bit more, as we were one song off the perfect post-rock set as we didn’t really want to include any of our older, lyrically driven songs. So we got drunk.
The following day, we hit the studio and wrote what appears to be our darkest, heaviest (and in my opinion) best song – driving bass, great guitar riffs, drum patterns to burn your soul. With this additional song, we now have a solid 5-track set list, spanning approximately 35 minutes. We also have quite a number of ideas floating around, which may or may not span about an hours worth of recordable material. Just thought I’d throw that out there.
In the mean time, we have posted two of these songs on Soundcloud. Bear in mind, they’re only demos, but at least you’ll get an idea of the direction we’re heading. They are different to our previous releases, but we hope you enjoy them nonetheless. Heck, we hope you like them even more. We’ll be playing these live at our upcoming gigs.
I totally forgot about this. A little review of our gig in support of Huddersfield Oxjam at The Parish, in The Examiner.
Hitting the stage early at The Parish was Huddersfield new bloods CIVIL PROTECTION.
The six piece showed no sign of nerves as they hit the ground running, feeding the crowd with a vast wall of jaggedy sound, at points coming across like a Yorkshire version of Sonic Youth.
The full article can be found here.
Then come to one of Civil Protection’s next gigs!
Saturday 26th January, Carpe Diem, Leeds – Co-headlining with Treason Kings
Friday 8th February, The Zetland, Huddersfield – supporting Indelicates
These, unless we change our minds closer to the date, will be nothing but new* material.
*barring two songs, Alaska and Stolen Fire.
We also got rated 15th on John’s Rock Show, a podcast aimed at playing unsigned rock music. Although 15th seems quite low, we didn’t promote it AT ALL as I (Mr Admin) had to work an entire panto and hardly touched a computer (oh yes he did! Don’t start that now). You should check the podcast out though some time, I’ve heard some great new bands on there.