New instrumental groups abound in this post-Pulp Fiction era; most
strive to capture the sounds of 60's surf guitar rock. While they are no
strangers to this style, The Civil Tones embrace the organ and guitar sounds
of southern soul combos, such as Booker T. and the M.G.'s. Memphis, not
Malibu, is their Mecca. Not content, however, to merely reproduce the sounds
of one genre, The Civil Tones deconstruct and recombine the elements of
almost every major form of instrumental music from the 50's, 60's, and 70's
(Surf, soul, jazz, lounge, film soundtrack) to create their own unique style
of trippy vintage dance music.
In 1996, The Civil Tones released their debut CD, "Rotisserie Twist",
on Chicago's Pravda label. Since then, most of the eleven original tunes
have found their way onto various TV or movie soundtracks, including NBC's
"Homicide", MTV's "Road Rules" and "Real World",
as well as into the ears and hearts of club audiences throughout the Midwest.
And with their most recent recording, "Soul Bucket", The Civil
Tones plan to bring their swingin' sounds to as many new listeners as possible.