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CIVILIAN is proud to announce to our fans the recording of our first full length studio album with Legendary Producer Dan Hannon. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on November 28, 2011.

CIVILIAN is proud to announce to our fans the recording of our first full length studio album with Legendary Producer Dan Hannon.

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We are CIVILIAN. Many of you know us from our former musical project, Alexander. We started Alexander 6 years ago as best friends and had a really great run. After dozens of tours playing hundreds of shows in venues and in your living rooms, after many flat trailer tires and a blown transmission, and after eating enough pizza slices to wrap the earth twice, we've come to a new project that will mark the start of a new chapter for us. This new project is CIVILIAN

It's going to cost us $8,000 to record this album and we are going into the studio completely independent without the support of a record label. We are going to put in 110% effort to make this record the best record yet for our fans. We're implementing new instruments, new ways to mic amps, new effects pedals, and two main vocals now as Alex and Ryan collaboratively sing. Our ideals and lyrics still sing loud about what we believe and we take pride in telling stories that make you think instead of just writing radio lyrics that will simply sell records. 

We've recorded just under 20 song demos for the new album and we're very proud of each and every one of them. To make this album the best album we've ever released we're going to choose our top 10 or so songs from our pool of 20 demos and re-record each and every one of them with our friend Dan Hannon at Eldest Only Productions. Dan's studio is out of Atlanta GA and he has produced some of the top albums that we look up to including Manchester Orchestra's last two records. Dan has heard our new demos and we are very excited to have him on-board and willing to speak his talent, ideas, and know-how into our musical vision. 

We spent 6 years of our lives and incomes furthering our band under the name Alexander and then we woke up one morning to learn that a large label-backed band released a side project essentially over night under the same name as us thus conflicting with all of our social media presence, iTunes sales, trademarking, merch sales, etc... Due to this reason amongst others, we decided to start a new project under a new name. CIVILIAN. This change represents our new band member lineup, new material, new visions, and ultimately progression which has always been our number one objective as a band.  We are currently working with a top notch trademark attorney to tie down the CIVILIAN name so this doesn't happen again.

We're very excited to record and hit the road shortly after with our new guitarist Alex Bennett as part of the new band. We're super stoked to have Alex for his song writing capabilities as well as his unique vocals that mesh very well with our lead singer Ryan's voice. The progression of our musical style from Alexander into CIVILIAN is a great step for us and all of our fans have remarked nothing but positivity in regards to the new material thus far.

KickStarter is a great way to bring our new album into reality as it allows us to pour out and give back to our fans and supporters just as they have given to us. We've thrown so many free house shows over the years in cites all over the country because we've always enjoyed being able to spend time with our friends and fans. What we do and sing about means nothing without input, ideas, love, and most importantly- support from our fans. 

We are very proud to offer each and every one of you, regardless of how much you pledge, rewards that we feel you will enjoy and appreciate. Take a minute and read through our different levels of pledge rewards, we think you'll like them very much! We are truly grateful for each and every dollar you give as we all work blue collar jobs ourselves any time we're not working on the band. We understand what money is worth when it's worked hard for. For that reason we've spent loads of time thinking up rewards we can give to our pledgers that allow us to give back our time and resources in unique and art-filled ways that we feel are a worthy and antiquate trade for your generosity and support.

We're giving totally free MP3 downloads off the new album to anyone and everyone who supports us and to our higher level pledgers we're offering awesome rewards in the way of Everglades Airboat Tours, CIVILIAN House Shows at YOUR home, and even a 100% hand built Battlefield Drums snare drum custom designed and built just for our KickStarter project.

So to those of you who have listened to our music and supported us over the years, THANK YOU. To those of you who stumbled upon us or who's friend told you about us, please listen to some of our music, learn what we are about and know that your support means the world to us. Even if you decide to not pledge to this project, please come out to a show next time we're in your town, we still value your listening ears and your friendship. 

Thank you all! If you believe in this project, please help us spread the word with Facebook, Twitter and with speech. 


You can listen to and find our CIVILIAN project here...

You can also find information on Alexander here...

Thank you so much KickStarter! You offer motivation to the idealists, excitement to the creators, and hope to the discouraged inventor in all of us. We are very grateful for your vision and your website. 


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    Pledge $5 or more

    3 backers

    Spend most of your allowance on disc golf discs like we sometimes do? It's all good! We're offering an MP3 download of our most popular singles from the new album to those who Pledge $5 or more.

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    Pledge $15 or more

    45 backers

    Want more than just an MP3 download of our best singles from the new album? Our $15+ Pledgers will receive the FULL ALBUM all via CD Quality Digital Download as soon as it's available.

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    Pledge $30 or more

    11 backers

    Rewards 1, & 2 + A hand numbered limited release CIVILIAN full color poster signed by each member of the band designed and printed specifically for our KickStarter project. This isn't a show flyer, this a full size wall poster worthy of hanging on any dining room wall.

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    Pledge $50 or more

    14 backers

    Rewards 1, 2, & 3 + A hand screen printed T-shirt in your specific size made by us, the band. These shirts will be hand numbered and the design will be a custom one-off image designed specifically for our KickStarter Pledgers.

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    Pledge $75 or more

    13 backers

    Rewards 1, 2, 3, & 4 + A hand made hard copy of the full CIVILIAN Album in a custom built CD jacket designed by the band. This jacket/packaging will be made of re-claimed materials such as wood, leather, cardboard, etc. and it will be numbered as a very limited run.

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    Pledge $125 or more

    6 backers

    An evening with the CIVILIAN Boys!

    Don't worry, you'll still get ALL of the swag from Rewards 1 - 5, plus you'll get to spend an evening with the boys of CIVILIAN doing what we love most! Come join us in sunny South Florida on any afternoon of your convenience for a game of disc golf, dinner, ice-cream, beer, and lots of good times - with all your evening activities fully paid for!

    We'll treat you to an 18 hole game of disc golf at our favorite course, with lots of great water features, tree tunnels, and more. We've adopted disc golf as our favorite on-tour free time activity and we'd be more than happy to give you all the instruction we can on how to play if you'd like it. We're sure you'll be hooked! We'll also provide you with discs to use if you don't have your own.

    We'll treat you to a meal at our favorite local underground restaurant that's a disc throw away from the sand on the beautiful Fort Lauderdale beach, some ice-cream at our favorite ice-cream shop, and a pitcher of beer afterwards at our favorite underground bar in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale.

    (your travel expenses, if required, are not included)

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    Pledge $175 or more

    1 backer

    The B-Sides Art Pack!

    You'll receive ALL of Rewards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 plus the B-Sides Art Pack. The Art Pack includes un-released CIVILIAN tracks and all your merch rewards 1-5 above packaged in a super cool original CIVILIAN presentation display that will be hand built and assembled by the band.

    We'll also include in your Art Pack 'never released to the public' B-Sides of new CIVILIAN material that we decide to NOT include with the production album that will be released. These songs will be fully recorded and professionally mixed at CD quality. We'll include detailed explanations of the inspiration behind the B-Side songs and why we decided to keep them exclusive and un-released.

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    Pledge $200 or more

    6 backers

    Unlimited Merch For 1 Year Package!

    To those who generously pledge $200 to our Album fund, we'll reward you with rewards 1 - 5 as well as enrolling you into our Merch For 1 Year program.

    From the moment our KickStarter goal is reached, you will automatically be signed up and mailed every new item of Merch that CIVILIAN develops for the entire course of 12 months after. This includes ALL CD's, Shirts, Sweaters, Posters, Stickers, Accessories, Art Work, etc...

    As soon as we develop any new merch, we notify you about it first and send it to you in the mail right away before anyone else even sees it!

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    Pledge $250 or more

    1 backer

    Unlimited Merch For 2 YEARS Package!

    This is the same as our Reward #8 Merch program, but you'll get all Merch CIVILIAN develops for the next 24 MONTHS instead of 12. You'll also still receive everything you deserve from Rewards 1 - 5.

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    Pledge $450 or more

    1 backer

    South Florida Hang Day with an Everglades Airboat Adventure!

    Like the idea of Reward #6 but would like to do even more awesome, never-before done stuff with the band? To those who pledge $450, we'll hang with you all day and take you and a friend of your choosing out on a full airboat trip far out into the backwoods of the Florida Everglades! (Check out our video footage!) We'll also take you to our favorite beach spots, grab some lunch, ride some bikes, whatever you fancy...

    Our South Florida Hang Day will include all of Reward #6, but in the morning on your day of choosing, we'll also pilot you out on a privately owned 500hp, 50+ mph airboat expedition for a few hours with all running costs fully paid for. This is not a slow public tour airboat designed for moving 15+ people around. We'll take you out on a lightweight hunting boat that only seats 4 - 6 that will allow us to navigate through tight and twisty swamp trails, through marsh islands, and even over land! We'll take you places tour boats can't maneuver to and take you to areas off limits to tourists.

    We'll take you out to where we filmed our video and let you walk around stilt houses and fish camps build in the 1940's and 50's that are up to 15 miles out in the everglades. These are typically only accessible by airboat and helicopter. See what only a fraction of the world ever gets to see and discover what you never knew existed. Alligators, snakes, giant grasshoppers, and exotic birds are just some of the cool thing's we'll find during our adventure.

    Also, don't forget you'll still get all the swag from Rewards 1 - 5 too!

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    Pledge $700 or more

    1 backer

    CIVILIAN Florida House Show Deluxe Art Pack!

    For our pledgers of $700 or more, we're willing to throw a totally original house show for you and all your friends wherever you want us, so long as it's in the greater Florida area. Whether it be your birthday, graduation, first loose tooth, whatever! You can throw the show at your house, at the home of a buddy who lives in Florida, in a barn, at your favorite bar, in a rented clubhouse, wherever!

    Want to throw a killer party? Have your friends all pitch in to make the $700 pledge and have CIVILIAN provide entertainment all night at your party shack.

    We'll provide our own professional PA system that is capable of filling a whole back yard or just a living room for a more intimate show. We'll play whatever songs you request - even some dance shoe shakin' covers.

    You'll get all the swag from Rewards 1 - 5 as we'll as a custom CIVILIAN 'Art Pack' presentation display that will be all hand built and assembled by the band personally delivered to your house at the time of the show.

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    Pledge $950 or more

    0 backers

    A Custom BattleField Drums CIVILIAN Snare Drum!

    For our top pledgers we are very excited and proud to offer you a fully custom, all hand built, CIVILIAN snare drum by Battlefield Drums in Alta Loma, CA. This drum will be a one-off custom, designed and assembled specifically for our top KickStarter Pledger. It will be a 14"x6" maple 10 ply shell with tube lugs and you'll have the freedom to choose your stain color for the shell. (some restrictions may apply)

    The snare will have a custom wood badge with the CIVILIAN logo engraved into it commemorating you as our top Pledger and will also be signed by all the band members. The Battlefield snare drum has a retail value of $750.

    We'll also give to the new snare owner all the Swag from Rewards 1 - 5.

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