Today, we interviewed Calen Trentini (lead vocalist/drummer) of CIVILIANA

Hey Calen! Can you tell me about how you first formed as a band?

Our band goes all the way back to high school in a city called Kelowna. Spencer and I played as a duo for a couple years before meeting Adam Wilson and throwing him into the mix. Daniel Ponich, our fourth member, actually went to high school with us too, but he didn’t join the band until years later when we had all moved to Vancouver. It’s been about 15 years of playing music together so we have some great chemistry, along with a lot of embarrassing high school band photos that you could probably dig up if you worked hard enough.

Where are you from and what’s the music scene like there?

We’re based in Vancouver. The music scene here can be a bit transient due to the cost of living, but there are great bands here and we get great support from the locals – especially at our favorite venues, The Biltmore Cabaret and The Fox Cabaret.

What’s next for you guys? Is there more music or any live shows on the way?

We recently performed a couple of Western Canadian shows in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Kelowna to support our current single, “Melt”.

“Melt” is our third single of the year after “Carry a Light” and “Void”, but our biggest focus right now is writing new material.

We’re excited for the sounds we’ve been making and refining in practice and can’t wait to record them in 2020.

If you could collaborate with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

Several! The sound of CIVILIANA is heavily influenced by the likes of Death from Above 1979, Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, and Cage the Elephant. Naturally, the opportunity to collaborate with any of these bands would be incredible!


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