Civilians play mostly straightforward punk rock with working class lyrical leanings. They shake things up a bit on the second track “Heroes of Our Past,” a Ramones tribute featuring bagpipes. It’s the first Ramones tribute song to feature bagpipes that I have ever come across. The more I listened to the CD, the more Civilians grew on me. The band clearly knows how to write a catchy riff and how to pair it with an equally catchy chorus. There are a number of earworms on this. My favorite was the closing track “I Ride On.” The lyrics are a bit tongue-in-cheek—about the singer being forced to choose between his girlfriend and his motorcycle, and ultimately riding off into the sunset on his Harley—but damn if it’s not still stuck in my head.
–Paul J. Comeau (Civilians, [email protected] the-civilians.com, the-civilians.com)