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CIV (band)

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CIV, 1995
CIV, 1995
Background information
OriginNew York City, U.S.
GenresPunk rock
Years active1994–2000
(Partial reunions: 2008, 2011, 2012, 2024)
LabelsRevelation, Atlantic
MembersAnthony Civarelli
Charlie Garriga
Arthur Smilios
Sammy Siegler
Walter Schreifels
Cache Tolman

CIV was an American punk rock band from New York City. The band is named after its vocalist, Anthony Civarelli. Three of the band's members (Civarelli, Siegler and Smilios) were members of Gorilla Biscuits. Siegler also played in other hardcore bands, including Youth of Today and Judge.[1]

After the break-up of Gorilla Biscuits, Civarelli opened a tattoo studio on Long Island. After the band Quicksand had signed to a major label, Schreifels re-united a late version of his former band, wrote a record and produced it, resulting in Set Your Goals. Smilios was replaced by Cache Tolman prior to the recording of their second full-length album, Thirteen Day Getaway.[1] Shortly after releasing Thirteen Day Getaway, CIV disbanded in 2000. They have since reunited for a series of one-off shows, including New York's Black N Blue Bowl in 2008[2] and Belgium's Groezrock Festival in 2011.[3] CIV had yet another reunion on September 7, 2012 at the Webster Hall in New York City.[4] Announced in 2024, CIV reunited once more to support Shelter on a four night tour of the Northeast.


CIV is known for the single "Can't Wait One Minute More", which was released as a music video which was featured on Beavis and Butt-head and used in a Nissan automobile commercial during the middle of 2005. Lou Koller from hardcore band Sick of It All provided additional vocal tracks for the song. Songs "All Twisted", "Haven't Been Myself in a While", and "Something Special" were also featured on the TV Show What's New, Scooby-Doo?. Their early track "Et Tu Brute?" is featured on the soundtrack to the film Escape From L.A.. Their track "So Far, So Good...So What", was featured on the soundtrack album to the cartoon series Mega Man which is based on the video game series of the same name by Capcom, and it was also played during the end credits of the episode "Brain Bots". "It's Not Your Fault" and "Living Life" can be found in Road Rash 3D.

The San Francisco Bay-area pop punk/hardcore band Set Your Goals is named after CIV's first album of the same name.[5]


  • Anthony "CIV" Civarelli - Vocals
  • Charlie Garriga - Guitar/Backing Vocals
  • Arthur Smilios - Bass/Backing Vocals
  • Sammy Siegler - Drums


Year Title Format Label
1995 Set Your Goals LP/CD Revelation
1995 "All Twisted" b/w "Do Something" 7" Revelation
1995 "Can't Wait One Minute More" b/w "Et Tu Brute?" 7" Revelation
1995 "Choices Made" b/w "United Kids" / "Soundtrack for Violence" 7" Lava Records
1995 "So Far, So Good, So What?" b/w "Choices Made" (Live) 7" Atlantic
1996 "Social Climber" b/w "Sausages?" 7" Revelation
1998 Thirteen Day Getaway LP/CD Atlantic
1998 "Secondhand Superstar" b/w "Worms Eye View" / "Owner's Manual" 7" Some Records
2009 Solid Bond: The Complete Discography CD Equal Vision

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Colin Larkin, ed. (2000). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Nineties Music (First ed.). Virgin Books. p. 90. ISBN 0-7535-0427-8.
  2. ^ "CIV to play New York's Black N Blue Bowl". Punknews.org.
  3. ^ "Groezrock adds Civ, Snapcase, The Black Pacific, Dear Landlord, Hatebreed, Senses Fail". Punknews.org.
  4. ^ Kraus, Brian (August 11, 2012). "Sick Of It All announce NYC show with CIV and Stigma". Altpress.com.
  5. ^ "TRUEPUNK.COM - Interview with punk band SET YOUR GOALS". Archived from the original on 2007-05-10. Retrieved 2009-06-04.

External links[edit]

  • CIV at Brooklyn Vegan