I have a friend Liza who writes editorials and reviews for various publications. Her passion, like mine, is music. She never steers me wrong with bands she recommends and this time was no different. We have similar taste in music and when she told me I really needed to check out a band called “CIVIL TWILIGHT”, I did.
I made my way with 3 friends to SOUTHGATE HOUSE, in Newport, KY. The Historic Southgate House overlooks Third Street and was the birth home of the inventor of the Tommy Gun. Although greatly altered today, it was indeed one of Newport’s first truly grand homes. It is nationally recognized as a premier music venue, and is incredibly supportive of the local music scene. The first floor – Juney’s Lounge – offers pool tables, comfortable seating, and one of the most incredible jukeboxes in the area.. The downstairs Ballroom features multiple bars, a state-of-the-art stage and sound system, room for 600 music fans and a balcony. A second-floor Parlour offers a more intimate and personal environment for a relaxed performance . On with the show…
Civil Twilight consists of brothers Steven and Andrew McKellar providing the guitar, vocals, and keys & Richard Wouters bringing up the drums and rhythm section. The band moved to L.A. from South Africa several years ago, staying in a friends’ garage to follow their dream of sharing their music with the world. The band played around the L.A. area and were finally discovered and signed by Wind-Up Records.
What you hear at the forefront of this band is the multi – dimensional sound they bring. Its a sound created by a band that has honed their individual skills and fused them to create a sound that can go from angelic to epic. From “in your face” to “in your heart”. They have a passion that they bring that shines through, whether it be in the loud and proud hard-hitting rock anthem “Soldier”, or the gut-wretching tenderness of “Letters from the Sky”.
To see them LIVE you get to experience first hand the amazing gift of Steven’s voice … a range that is undeniable, control impressive, and sense of melodic timing that is amazing. Lyrically, the messages in the songs CT brings to the table are not only relevant, but honest. They evoke and draw upon feelings and states of being that, for some of us, can be hard to put into words. Add in Andrew’s guitar virtuoso skills and Richard’s backbone rhythms, you’ve got the entire package.
A perfect balance. Complete.
I had the pleasure of meeting these fine lads after their show and I must say they are very humble and grounded. It’s like they know they have something good and have the patience and belief in being true to themselves and their music, letting their success evolve as they connect with the world and their audience. They have already had the opportunities of having their music heard on several TV shows (“House”, “Grey’s Anatomy” ), as well as opening for several well-known acts such as “Evanescense”, “Jimmy Eat World’, “Florence and the Machine”, and “Anberlin”. Most recently they contributed an interestingly down-tempo version of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” for “Come As You Are : the 20th Annniversary Tribute to Nirvana’s Nevermind ” CD.
Their self-titled album is available on I-Tunes as well as available for purchase through Amazon and other CD outlets. The band’s second CD it set to release in February/March of 2012 with a nationwide tour to follow. Based on people’s enthusiastic response to the first album , I can am sure we will be hearing a lot more from them .
You can check out all things Civil Twilight at www.civiltwilightband.com.