Western Civ's Profile

About me:"Clearly, Western Civ is an Indie band that has an intriguing sound,
crafted from liberating music which conveys real emotion. Western
Civ is not afraid of introducing experimental elements into their
music which often times come across as raw, intense, and other
times, quite frankly puzzling. So if you want to investigate an
independent sound that a solid Indie band has to offer, check out
Western Civ, they are worth a listen. "
Prof Jim - The Here and There
Member Since:October 1, 2005
Last Login:March 25, 2009
Location:Chapel Hill, NC
Birthday:January 1
Music means to me:Music is what you make of it...
Radio Crystal Blue
Clea's Cave on Live 365
The Grain Division on Live 365
Indie Electronica on Live 365
KFRC - Radio Free Colorado on Live 365
East Village Radio - NYC


General Interests:Rich Henderson - Lead Vocals, Guitar

When not traversing the Southeast to add to his enormous vinyl L.P. collection or rooting, often in vain, for the Atlanta Braves, Rich Henderson devotes untold hours to his songcraft. In elementary school, he achieved the status of legend with an essay about frogs and a work of fiction in which Mr. Rogers and the Beatles incongruously shared center stage. Rich inhabits a 'bachelor's lair" in downtown Florence, Alabama, and revels in drawing the ire of Republicans with his seditious bumper stickers. Stab him, rape him, kill him...but don't take away his coffee. Or his turntable.
Jason Briggs - Bass, Keyboard, Backup Vocals

Truth be told, Jason Briggs would always rather be in the deep woods-- hiking, backpacking, or simply absorbing the indisputable splendor of as-yet unplundered nature. Fortunately for his bandmates (and clearly despite his preferences), he spends a substantial portion of his time city-bound, where he masquerades as a mechanical contractor when not playing bass. Jason is the, "I can build it," guy. Whenever the band needs something that is out of their more often than not broke price range, he willingly states, "I can build it." If the band needed a nuclear sub, he would figure out how to build it. Musically, Jason has long been deemed by the other members of Western Civ to be the group's most instinctively talented member, to his abject embarrassment
Bryan Cabler - Drums, Backup Vocals

Bryan Cabler has never been able to decide if he'd be happier as a rock and roll musician, a left-wing activist attorney, a writer of bizarre modern fiction, an investigative reporter, or international pornlord. Perhaps fortunately, the latter four have taken a backseat to his drumming for Western Civ. Bryan spent his elementary school lunch breaks rhapsodizing with Rich Henderson about the Beatles, which made them decidedly unpopular in the Michael Jackson-dominated musical atmosphere of the early 1980's. When the pair finally learned to play guitars in high school and began their first attempts at starting a band, Bryan played guitar-- until every drummer for the Henderson-Cabler projects proved to be a lout, untalented, or a chronic no-show. Laying down his electric guitar with a sigh, Bryan invested in a drum kit with the intention of being a guy who played drums but "was not a "drummer"...with all that that implies." He has held onto the sticks since 1997, relegating his romance with his six-string to the front porch of his country digs, where he can frequently be spotted on a tractor or dove hunting in the cornfields.
Jason Hall - Guitar, Xylopipes, Keyboard, Tambourine, and Various Instruments

Jason Hall's two-year tenure as guitarist and 'utility man' for Western Civ makes him the band's newest addition-- but in short order he's found his natural space in the dynamic flowing between the other three (pals for the greater part of their lives). Jason revels in life's simpler, if somewhat extralegal, pleasures in life-- like spending lazy summer days sitting up to his waist in Cypress Creek, roasting in the sun and periodically retrieving beer buried in a gravel bar, avoiding the watchful eyes of Florence Park rangers. With a tireless ethic vis-à-vis assisting his bandmates with complicated electrical issues in their firetrap practice facility, Jason can be counted on to switch instruments from one song to the next-- guitar, percussion, cheap keyboard, Mooger-Fooger, or Vibra-Pipes. Jason also enjoys outdoor activities, scuba diving, and surreptitious recording projects on which he plays everything. The true social butterfly of the group, he is the kind of person you can trust with your most prized possession or most humiliating college story.
Other Distractions:ANYTHING from the 1960s, garage, psych, girl groups with beehive hairdoos, motown, loud percussion, california flower power, '60s freakout, '90s indie rock, noisey guitar heroics, guitar feedback, '60s jazz, lounge, bossanova, '70s groovy soul, '60s country, '70s punk, '80s new wave, '80s hip hop, music recorded during love-ins.
Movies Hitchcock, Tarintino, Woody Allen, Oliver Stone, the old masters. I like any movie with Crispen Glover or Juliette Lewis in it. I love independent films and documentaries.
Television Book TV, Chris Mathews, Keith Oberman, The Brak Show, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Family Guy, Curb Your Enthusiasm,
Movies Dr. Strangelove, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Un Chein Andalou, JFK, Donnie Darko, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, CB4, Groundhog Day, The Crying Game, In The Name of the Father, Three Amigos, Pulp Fiction, Anal Virgins 9, The Slow Century, The Rutles, Fletch, Airplane, Noises Off, anything by Michael Moore.
Television Scrubs, Curb Your Enthusiasm, South Park, Reno 911, Family Guy, News, Six Feet Under, Sopranos, Oz, Upright Citizens Brigade.
Books Anything by: Tom Robbins, Robert Anton Wilson, Neal Stephenson, Hunter S. Thompson, Jonathen Franzen, Kurt Vonnegut, James Ellroy, A.N. Roquelaure, Stephen Ambrose, Michael Moore, Cecil Adams.


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Western Civ's Journal

Western Civ's new album Shower the People You Love With Gold BEING RELEASED THIS WEEK!!!
Sat 2/21/2009 9:24AM
Western Civ's long awaited new album, Shower the People You Love With Gold is being released this week!!  The official release party will on Thursday, February 26th, 2009 @ Local 506 -Chapel Hill, NC, 9:00 PM
New Album - Shower the People You Love with Gold- Underway
Mon 7/28/2008 12:19PM

Western Civ has just finished recording the tracks for their new, upcoming, and 3rd album release - Shower the People You Love with Gold, expected sometime this fall - at the FIDELITORIUM, studio of famed producer and engineer - Mitch Easter.  The mixing of said-tracks will begin very soon!  Stick around here  or check out their website - www.westerncivrock.com - for more information!!
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