Civic are a five-piece Australian rock band, formed in 2017 in Melbourne.[1][2] The band consists of Jim McCullough, Lewis Hodgson, Roland Hvlaka, Jackson Harry and Matt Blach.[3]

They released their debut studio album Future Forecast in March 2021.


The idea for the band formed after Jim McCullough and Darcy Grigg were in a bowling alley in Japan in 2016. In 2017, McCullough and Grigg got together with Roland Hvlaka and Louis Hodgson. Shortly after, David Forcier joined and the band was formed. The band's concept was to "do good rock and roll and not to stuff about with it".[4]

Late in 2017 the band gathered into a small radio studio to perform a hustling live set on my radio program Teenage Hate.[3]

In April 2018, the band released their debut EP, New Vietnam, which Aine Keogh from Forte Magazine gave 5 out of 5 calling the EP "totally old school rock 'n' roll punk and I don't think they could have done it any better."[5]

In November 2018, the band released their second EP, Those Who No. Andy from Raven Sings the Blues said "Not long after their last crackling EP, Civic returns with a follow-up that hits even harder. Where their debut boiled down porto-punk into its grit and grease components, there's a cleanliness and clarity to Those Who No."[6]

On 26 July 2019, the band released their third EP, Selling. Sucking. Blackmail. Bribes on 7-inch EP.[7]

The band released their debut studio album Future Forecast in March 2021, which Tom Breihan from Stereogum said "does not disappoint".[2]

In November 2022, Civic shared details of their second studio album, Taken by Force, which was released on 10 February 2023. It is the band's first release on Cooking Vinyl Australia.[8]

In September 2023, the band released a song and music video, Hourglass.[9]

Band members

  • Jim McCullogh
  • Lewis Hodgson
  • Roland Hlavka
  • Matt Blach
  • Jackson MacDonald[10]
  • Eli Sthapit


Studio albums

List of studio albums with selected details and chart positions
TitleDetailsPeak chart positions
Future Forecast
  • Released: 26 March 2021[12]
  • Label: Flightless
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download, streaming
Taken by Force

Extended plays

List of EPs with selected details
New Vietnam
  • Released: 6 April 2018[13]
  • Label: Anti Fade (ANT-042)
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download, streaming
Those Who No
  • Released: November 2018[14]
  • Label: Anti Fade (ANT-048)
  • Formats: LP, digital download, streaming
Selling. Sucking. Blackmail. Bribes
  • Released: July 2019[15]
  • Label: Anti Fade (ANT-058)
  • Formats: LP, digital download, streaming

Awards and nominations

Music Victoria Awards

The Music Victoria Awards are an annual awards night recognising Victorian music. They commenced in 2006.

YearNominee / workAwardResultRef.
2023CivicBest Rock/Punk Work
As of


  1. ^ "Civic at Triple J Unearthed". Triple J Unearthed. Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  2. ^ a b Tom Breihan (26 March 2021). "Stream Aussie Rockers Civic's Grimy, Unruly Debut Album Future Forecast". Stereogum. Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  3. ^ a b Tim Scott (2 February 2018). "Melbourne's New Kings of Wild Rock and Rock". Vice. Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  4. ^ James Frostick (15 April 2018). "Interview Civic". Weirdo Wasteland. Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  5. ^ "Civic New Vietnam". Forte Magazine. 2018. Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  6. ^ "Civic". Raven Sings the Blues. November 2018. Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  7. ^ James Frostick (8 July 2019). "Premiere: Civic – 'Selling, Sucking, Blackmail, Bribes'". Weirdo Waste Land. Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  8. ^ a b Billy, August (2 November 2022). "CIVIC Announce New Album, Sign with Cooking Vinyl Australia". Music Feeds. Retrieved 3 November 2022.
  9. ^ "Civic Share New Single "Hourglass": Listen". Stereogum. 6 September 2023. Retrieved 7 October 2023.
  10. ^ "Civic". triple j Unearthed. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  11. ^ "The ARIA Report: Week Commencing 5 April 2021". The ARIA Report. No. 1622. Australian Recording Industry Association. 5 April 2021. p. 6.
  12. ^ "Future Forecast (DD)". Apple Music. March 2021. Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  13. ^ "New Vietnam (EP)". Apple Music. April 2018. Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  14. ^ "Those Who No (EP)". Apple Music. November 2018. Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  15. ^ "Selling. Sucking. Blackmail. Bribes (EP)". Apple Music. October 2019. Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  16. ^ "Nominees, Hall of Fame Inductees Announced for 2023 Music Victoria Awards". Music Feeds. 14 September 2023. Retrieved 14 September 2023.