Bio and discography compiled by Rhys Davies
In the early 80's, Civil Dissident started in Melbourne, on the East Coast of Australia. Civil Dissident and their friends Mad Flowers and Society's Victim started jamming around 1982, and after line-up changes between the three bands (Tracey and Dave leaving Mad Flowers for Civil Dissident and Grant and Andrew leaving Civil Dissident for Mad Flowers), the Civil Dissident line-up was finalised with: Tracey on bass, Wayne on guitar, Dave on drums and Mat on vocals. This line-up would last until the end of Civil Dissident at their last show on the 20th of April, 1985.
Their influences, from Discharge to Terveet Kädet, from Depression to Raw Power, from Minor Threat to The Stalin and so forth, came through on all their releases. While the above bands were an influence, Civil Dissident still retained a destinct Australian flavour, from their first demo in 1984, up to their tracks on Pusmort's Cleanse the Bacteria compilation and beyond.
After a self-financed record and two tapes (Stone the Flamin' Crows was put out by the drummer), plus a string of cuts on international compilations, Civil Dissident called it a day. Every song was to the point, energetic, hardcore punk rock with a straightforward personal/political approach. Civil Dissident were a prime example of how Australian bands could very much hold their own in the world of Hardcore.
THE FORTH-RATE AMERICAN THRASH TAPE (demo, 1984)
FIRST BLOOD EP (No Master's Voice, 1985)
MENZIES' CRACK LP (Prank, 1996 - Discography)
THIS IS AUSTRALIA (has 9 songs from the demo)
STONE THE FLAMIN' CROWS tapes (Silly Tapes, 1984) "Alone Among Friends"
EAT YOUR HEAD 2LP (Reactor, 1984) "A Nazi Choice", "Vacant Race"
LIFE IS A JOKE LP (Weird System, 1984) "The Buck Stops Here", "Mirror of Deception"
PUTRID EVIL flexi (1985) "Tell Me the Solution"
CLEANSE THE BACTERIA LP (Pusmort, 1985) "20th Century Holocaust Pt. II", "Death for a Buzz" ("That Was, This Is" on Bonus 12")
1984 THE SECOND 2LP (New Wave, 1985) "EXHIBIT A - An Ego Trip"
OVERSEAS CONNECTION LP (Double A, 1987)
THE NOT SO LUCKY COUNTRY 2LP (Reactor, 1988) "Memories of Menzies"