New Sounds: CIVIC provide motivation to get through the day on ‘Face Blindness’



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We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: CIVIC are Boston’s best kept secret.


We’re repeating it now, mainly, because time is running out. Dana Osterling and the boys should be under wraps no longer with today’s release of Face Blindness, a stirring new album that shows the band moving into more infectious power-pop and melodic indie-pop territory. That’s not to say they’ve abandoned their folk-ish, Americana roots, which so brazenly shaped last year’s Things With Feathers; it’s just that this new effort feels like such a step forward, channeling some of Boston’s great early-’90s guitar-rock bands in the process. It’s a musical motivator for any day of the week.

“We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed creating it,” the band writes.

Of course, we’ve spilled plenty of digital praise across the CIVIC bow over the past two years, so with this, we’ll let the music itself take center stage.


Giving the LP a nice bi-coastal feel, the songs that compose Face Blindness were recorded with Chaimes Parker at Big Nice Studio in Rhode Island and with John Would (Fiona Apple, Lucinda Williams) in Los Angeles. It was mixed by Aaron Bastinelli at New York’s Fun Sound Studio and mastered by Scott Craggs at Old Colony Mastering Studio in Boston.

A few weeks back CIVIC shared the video for the album’s lead single, “Selena,” and that can be viewed below. Face Blindness gets the proper record release treatment November 19 at ONCE in Somerville.