Civil Disobedience works to form presence

Civil Disobedience is a punk band created by Seton Hall students who came together in 2014 and started playing music in a garage.

Photos courtesy of Annabella Pastorok

Pat Condon, a junior marketing and sports management major and one of the band’s creators, said he has always been a fan of the music scene and has roots that go back to his father, who played in a few bands as well.

Condon said the influence for his band came from his family, but he was also very inspired by legendary punk bands such as The Ramones, Green Day and Nirvana.

Recently, the band has seen some breakthroughs. In 2017, they released their extended play called “Romantic Warfare.” The band is also trying to expand Condon said, and they have traveled from New York to West Virginia to perform.

“We have networking opportunities in other states as well,” Condon said. “It was a great show.”
However, Condon and the rest of the band do not meet together often during the school year. The band members are separated and spread out in different locations.

“We’re separated a lot,” Condon said. “We usually plan stuff around breaks during the school year.”
Civil Disobedience is also known by students around campus. Annabella Pastorok, a junior biology and chemistry major, said the group is “so fun.”

Pastorok said she befriended Condon while they were serving as peer advisors. She said she was “reeled in” by the band’s covers, which featured some of her favorite songs by her favorite bands. Pastorok also attended a few of the band’s shows and said she was fascinated by the different atmosphere in watching them play live.

“They sound better live than in the recordings, in my opinion,” Pastorok said. “They put more enthusiasm into it.”

Pastorok added that she appreciates how the band is staying true to themselves, despite the lack of punk music in today’s mainstream.

Photos courtesy of Annabella Pastorok

“They want to stick to what they love and what they’re good at, instead of fitting into the norm,” she said. “It’s cool that they don’t care about it.”

Jessica Kelly, a sophomore education major, described her interest in the underground music scene. “I think it’s so cool to listen to people make such good music as they look to make it to the top,” Kelly said.
Kelly said she has followed a few underground artists, with her favorite being Jon Bellion. She stressed how important the underground stage is for up-and-coming artists.

“That’s where they make their best music, I think,” she said. “Since they want to make it big so bad they put the most effort in their underground stage.”

Condon discussed the band’s goal for the future. “We want to make more original music,” Condon said. “We want to go out and become our own identity and revolve around our own music.”

Cordon said Civil Disobedience is currently working on establishing a website and creating a SoundCloud account. For the moment, students can listen to the band and their extended play, “Romantic Warfare,” on Spotify and Apple Music.

Ronald Castaneda can be reached at ronald.castaneda@student.shu.edu.

Author: Ronald Castaneda

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