Interview by Alison “MetalBabe” Cohen
Militant Civilian are one of the hardest working and driven bands that I know. They live in Paso Robles, CA, play anywhere and everywhere they can, and promote themselves constantly. They have recently started to build a following in L.A. performing with Stephen Pearcy, and Sevendust. These guys seriously shred too. Watching the two guitarists and rhythm section ‘go at it’ at their last show was seriously impressive. Militant Civilian is one up-and-coming band that you won’t want to miss out on.
All Access Magazine (AAM) First of all, tell me how Militant Civilian formed…
MILITANT CIVILIAN: Guitar player Scott Bruhns formed Militant Civilian in the summer of 2009. After several line-ups, he finally found guitar player Randy Hughes. The two played together for a very short time before drummer Greg Gard and vocalist Jeremy Heller joined the mix after seeing an ad on craigslist. Then we needed to let our bass player go due to commitment issues. The four-piece was on the lookout for a new bassist… A friend of the band hooked us up with current bass player Joshua Whittington, and we were off to the races playing loud and fast wherever we went!
AAM: Awesome. How did you come up with the name Militant Civilian, and what does it mean to you?
MC: Well we all discussed a lot of potential names for this band and for a while it was a bit of a struggle to find a name that really represented our sound that was also catchy at the same time. All of us as a band are very politically driven and are very inspired by the social fallout of war and political tyranny. Upon debate, our singer, Jeremy Heller, suggested the name Militant Civilian. We instantly fell in love with it. The name just felt like “Us”. To us the name Militant Civilian means exactly that, a common man with the heart of a soldier. A common man that has tasted the filth of an oppressive government, and a soldier who has seen the horrors of war and lived to tell about it.
AAM: I know that you guys live in Northern, CA, in Paso Robles. What’s the scene like there How often do you play out?
MC: The scene in Paso Robles for the most part is dead with the exception of few dive bars. However, the scene in the Central Coast in its entirety is actually starting to flourish in regards to metal. Militant Civilian is one of the few bands in the area (Facinorous, Depths of Chaos, Altercation, Wintersfear, etc.) that have made a huge push to get people in the central coast more involved in live metal shows. The band is able to play shows monthly on a regular basis in the central coast pulling a steady amount of people to each one.
AAM: How are you guys affiliated with the Facebook Page “Metal of the Central Coast?” What are you hoping to accomplish with this Page?
MC: Metal of the Central Coast and Central Coast Metal are two Facebook forums that we use to promote shows and promote our band in this area. Our affiliation with the page is simply that. However, Militant Civilian was probably one of the first bands to be a part of those forums and have a lot to say in what goes on in the forums. Guitar player Randy Hughes from Militant Civilian is the head administrator of Metal of the Central Coast and does a lot of promoting work for this area. We recommend you check out both Metal of the Central Coast and Central Coast Metal to get all of your Militant Civilian show information!
AAM: You guys put on a great show on 9/23 with Stephen Pearcy. You guys seriously shred. It was impressive. How did you get hooked up with that show in the first place, and had you played L.A. before?
MC: The Stephen Pearcy show at the Key Club in September was a huge break for us. We were definitely thrilled to have the opportunity to belt out some songs for the Hollywood crowd! We were hooked up with the show by our current representative Kevin Hokit. He originally had another band lined up for that spot, but due to scheduling issues they had to drop it. Kevin contacted us and asked us to do the gig; we happily accepted. Were it not for Kevin’s contact through Club Vodka we would not have been so lucky. Before that, we had never made our way down to L.A. for a show.
AAM: That’s awesome. I’m glad I could be there for your first show. And on top of that, that you played my birthday party… How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard you before?
MC: Our music is an assault on the senses. We’re loud, fast, and aggressive! We play a form of metal that we looked up to while growing up. We’ve been heavily influenced by bands like Anthrax, Testament, Overkill, Megadeth, Slayer, and. We are an old school thrash metal band with some new twists! To get a better understanding COME WATCH US PLAY!!!!
AAM: I’ve been listening to your three song Promo CD “Children of the Slaughter,” and was wondering what your plans are as far as recording a full-length CD. Is that something you are working on now, or plan on working on soon?
MC: This band is working on a full length CD right now and plan to have it released by early December. It will have a total of eight tracks on it.
AAM: How can fans get a copy of this three-song CD?
MC: The best way to get a hold of our three-song promotional CD is to simply come to our shows! We always have them in full supply at a show and are usually willing to just hand them out for free depending on the circumstances. However, we are definitely not against a fan contacting us online and requesting a CD. We are always willing to work with people…fans especially! When the full- length album is done we will have plans to put our music on iTunes as well.
AAM: If you could tour the United States with ANY band that you could choose, who would it be, and why?
MC: Wow, what a seriously impossible question to answer!! There are so many bands we would love to go on tour with. I guess if we had to pick one we would have to say it’s a close tie between Overkill and Anthrax. We just f*#kin’ love those guys and feel like our style would fit pretty well as an opener for them.
AAM: That would be cool… Especially if you could tour with BOTH Overkill and Anthrax! So, what’s next for Militant Civilian? Do you plan on playing any more shows around the L.A. area?
MC: Militant Civilian will definitely be down for more shows in LA. So far the people have been good to us and the venues have been easy to work with. We will hardly ever turn down an opportunity to shred in front of new faces so you can expect to see us around a lot! We have big plans for the band and are just now scratching the surface of what we want to do in the future!
AAM: Anything else you would like to say to our readers?
MC: Come check out Militant Civilian at one of our upcoming shows! YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!!! METAL ‘TIL DEATH! LIVE FOR SOMETHING OR DIE FOR NOTHING!!!!! THANKS ALISON “METALBABE” COHEN FOR THE INTERVIEW! YOU ROCK!
MB: And thank you for your time, and for your interview. It has been my pleasure. I look forward to seeing more of Militant Civilian and what the future will bring.
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