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Civet is an American punk rock band from Los Angeles, CA, formed by sisters Ms. Liza Graves (lead vocals/guitar) and Suzi Homewrecker (guitar/backing vocals) in 1999. The all-female band released five albums, including two on Rancid frontman’s Hellcat Records, between 2001 and 2011. Civet‘s most recent line-up includes Jonny Grill (bass) and Christian Riersgard (drums). However, the band is currently on hiatus. Civet plays “femme fatale punk rock” and is highly recommended for fans of Rancid, The Distillers, Social Distortion, Hole, The Runaways, etc.

Girls, guns or zombies? Tattooed punk rock girls and guitars!

Selected Discography:

Graceland (2001). 14 tracks. Choice cuts: “Role Model”, “Rock Rebel”.

Civet (2003). 13 tracks. Choice cuts: “Horror Business”, “El Diablo”, “Whatever”.

Massacre (2005). 13 tracks. Choice cuts: “Hardcore Bitch”, “Yeah (x 3)”, “Old Glory”.

Hell Hath No Fury (2008). 13 tracks. Hellcat Records. 5/5 rating. Choice cuts: “All I Want”, “Son of a Bitch”. Other good cuts: “Take Me Away”, “Alibis”, “You Don’t Know Me”, “Brooklyn”, “Bad Luck”, “You Got It”, “Hell Hath No Fury”, “Pay Up”, “1989”, “Gin and Tonic”, “Sin City”.

“The Dirty Glass”Dropkick Murphys (2010). This live performance, featuring Liza Graves, is from Civet‘s tour with Boston’s Celtic punk rockers. The original 2003 studio track featured Stephanie Dougherty.

Love & War (2011). 14 tracks. Hellcat Records. 5/5 rating. Choice cuts: “Love & War”, “L.A. Nights”, “Come On (I Wanna Be Your Girl)”. Other good cuts: “Summer of Hate”, “Sunset Strip”, “It’s the Truth”, “Buy My Love”, “I’m Not The One”, “Reap What You Sow”, “You Get What You Pay For”, “Can’t Go Back”, Deadbeat”, “Cryin’ Wolf”, “Go Underground”. The digital version includes three bonus tracks. Choice bonus cut: “Bad Girl”. Other good bonus cuts: “SRS”, “Swinging From A Rope”.

Watch this [AWESOME!] video of Civet performing “Love & War” live here …

Suzi Homewrecker [aka Suzi Moon] currently fronts Turbulent Hearts.

My thoughts… I LOVE Civet! Liza’s raspy snarls make this band sound like Brody Dalle fronting Social Distortion! I wish they would have made an official video for my favorite track “Love & War” or “L.A. Nights” from Love & War because “You Get What You Pay For” isn’t really a good representation of Civet‘s snotty punkitude! I hope, someday, Liza and Suzi make more great music together but, until they do, I’ll be following Suzi’s Turbulent Hearts!

Read my original post on RCR (here), and my revised post on MHE (here).

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