Barely Civil’s Debut LP Out Now!
We Can Live Here Forever CD/CS/Digital Release Today
Spring tour with Bristletongue March 16-24
Early Praise for We Can Live Here Forever
“…wonderfully textured and adept at what it’s doing, with a chugging underbelly and grim austerity that recalls early Death Cab and a sweet serenity.” – Stereogum
“…perfect musical comfort food for snowbound days.” – UPROXX
“It’s further proof the band are stewing something brilliantly, boldly formidable on the new record; a chest-thumping proclamation to drag us all from the depths of winter.” – GoldFlakePaint
“Emotive and stirring…this is one you need to hear for yourself.” – The Grey Estates
“…some kind of patchwork of Midwestern emo, Pacific Northwest indie threads and, for good measure, getting twisted in a national epidemic of anxiety that has already unwound itself through pop-punk decompression.” – Recommended Listen
Barely Civil released their debut LP, We Can Live Here Forever, on CS/CD/Digital today, March 2nd. Combining the spectral clarity of emo with the homespun storytelling of indie-rock, this first offering from these college undergraduates is a lesson in growth.
FFO: Sorority Noise, From Indian Lakes, Manchester Orchestra
It’s easy to get lost in Wisconsin. Metropolitan centers might anchor to the Midwest, but patches of sprawling wilderness and bitter weather make for an American outlier. Barely Civil was built from this backdrop — four different dots on the state map. Despite this, their debut full-length We Can Live Here Forever plots a journey home, whatever and wherever that means. Stopovers across genre and structure keep the pace measured and lean, while Matt Riefler’s layered production explodes any breathing room into powerful statements.
Vocalist/guitarist and primary lyricist Connor Erickson leaves plenty of signage trailing to his home base. “Eau Claire? Oh, Claire.” marries Wisco landmarks with a portrait of cautious twenty-something love. “Stark” and “Kent” — a pair of slumbering guitar tracks in the back half — gain their names from his and bassist Ben Forst’s address lines. There’s also an outward mobility as the tracks grow in magnitude, cataloging sleepless nights in Super 8 motels, in others’ houses, in the scattered silence carried through cigarette smoke and whispered confessions. The nomadic scene changes match the record’s morphing between indie-rock’s straight-laced and stratospheric ambitions in minutes.
For Barely Civil, home isn’t really a place. It’s a collection of things — tones, conversations, milemarkers — that will ultimately find a home for you, too.
Barely Civil – We Can Live Here Forever
1. I’ve Been Getting Headaches Lately
3. Eau Claire? Oh, Claire.
4. RE: Your Lungs
5. Handwritten House
6. You With a Cape, Me With a Baseball Bat
9. Super 8//Marathon
10. I Am Drowning
March Tour with Bristletongue:
March 16th — Milwaukee, WI @ Sk8er Boi Mansion
March 17th — Ann Arbor, MI @ Lincoln House
March 18th — Akron, OH @ Oakdale House
March 20th — Nashville, TN @ Two Boots
March 22th — Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s Iowa City
March 23rd — Lansing, IL @ Royal Skate
March 24th — Converse, IN @ Bennett’s