Calen Trentini – Lead Vocals/Drums | Adam Wilson – Guitar/Vocals
Spencer Daley – Bass/Guitar/Keys | Daniel Ponich – Guitar/Keys/Percussion
Influenced by the organic sound and artistic freedoms of the alt-rock genre, CIVILIANA brings an unfiltered sound laced with raw emotion and primal physicality to their music and shows.
The origins of CIVILIANA began in a high school band class in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. It was there that aspiring drummer Calen Trentini met future bassist Spencer Daley. As they learned their chosen instruments side by side, they soon formed a duo before adding their friend Adam Wilson – a guitarist from a neighbouring high school – into the mix.
After high school, the trio went their separate ways before reconnecting in Vancouver as adults in 2015. CIVILIANA was formed a few months later with Calen’s potent vocals and kinetic drumming skills anchored by Spencer’s technical aptitude on bass and keys along with Adam’s supporting vocals and seamless songwriting fusion of pure alt-rock with modern electronic influences.
Feeling empowered to turn their shared musical passions into a professional pursuit, the group recorded their first EP Out the Window in 2016 with producer and former high school classmate Daniel Ponich. This collaboration proved to be serendipitous as Daniel subsequently joined the band, providing guitar, key, and percussion elements that proved to be the group’s missing link.
From there, CIVILIANA sent their new rough demos to award-winning producer Ryan Worsley (Dear Rouge, Said The Whale, Sophia Danai), who along with co-producer Matt Di Pomponio developed the group’s upgraded sound – an emotionally raw and clean electronic sound drenched in pure rock ‘n’ roll.
CIVILIANA emerged from the studio with a trio of new 2019 singles – the spring release “Carry a Light”, the summer effort “Void”, and the fall song “Melt” – to offer listeners a visceral listening experience into themes of loneliness, isolation, and ultimately understanding – all created with the band’s own authentic originality, but continuously blended with the traditional elements of the alt-rock genre.