Civil Twilight (band)

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Civil Twilight
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Civil Twilight performing at Summerfest 2010
Background information
Origin Cape Town, South Africa
Genres Alternative rock, indie rock
Years active 2005 - present
Labels Wind-Up Records
Associated acts Mutemath, Young the Giant
Website civiltwilightband.com
Members Andrew McKellar
Richard Wouters
Steven McKellar
Kevin Dailey

Civil Twilight is a four-piece rock band from Cape Town, South Africa consisting of brothers Andrew and Steven McKeller, Richard Wouters, and Kevin Dailey. They are signed to Wind-up Records, and have released two studio albums—their self-titled debut album, Civil Twilight (2010), and Holy Weather (2012).

Origin[edit]

Originally hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, Civil Twilight started as a trio that drew parallels with The Police and very early U2, Muse, Jeff Buckley, and Radiohead. Their music has been described as having impassioned vocals and classic songcraft. Brothers Andrew and Steven McKellar were raised in a musical household, having explored their father's jazz collection at a young age while listening to their classically trained mother play piano. In November 1996, Andrew launched a teenaged band with help from his high school classmate, drummer Richard Wouters, who was just starting out in music and was not yet the world class drummer he is now. The two scheduled an inaugural rehearsal for the following month; in the interim, Andrew discovered that his younger brother, Steven, could sing and write songs. The three musicians subsequently banded together, with Steven agreeing to master the bass.

Career[edit]

Civil Twilight spent several years practicing in local church halls and garages before graduating to the local club scene, where they steadily became a well-respected act. Having finished their education, the bandmates then relocated to Los Angeles in August 2005; shortly thereafter, they signed with the indie label One October and co-produced their debut record, Human. The album arrived in 2007 and received an extra boost when several songs were featured in prime-time television shows, including One Tree Hill, House, Star-Crossed and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. As their profile mounted, the musicians relocated to Nashville.

Their musical influences, interests, and heroes range from Oasis to Wilco, The National to Grizzly Bear. In 2012, they headlined a US tour (with Morning Parade opening up), supported two months with Mutemath, and various dates with Young the Giant. Past tour mates have also included Florence + the Machine, Smashing Pumpkins, Anberlin, Neon Trees, Jimmy Eat World, Silversun Pickups, and Of Monsters and Men.

Civil Twilight played the Main stages of 2012 festivals such as Austin City Limits, Bumbershoot (their 2nd visit), Milwaukee Summerfest (their third visit), and Music Midtown 2011 also saw them play most every major festival in the US, including but not limited to, Bonnaroo, Voodoo, Hangout, Mountain Jam, 80-35, Vh1’s Best Cruise Ever, Rivers Edge, and a headline performance at the Rockin’ the Daisies festival in Cape Town, South Africa.

Civil Twilight’s debut single in 2010, "Letters from the Sky", reached #5 on the Alternative radio charts and remained in the Top 10 for 6 months of the year, with over 1000 spins throughout Texas, and from Philadelphia to Seattle, selling over 200,000 copies.

Their last single "Fire Escape" charted Top 20 Alternative, and received extensive coverage on Vh1, Fuse and MTV.

Their songs have been featured in many TV spots, including One Tree Hill[1] and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.[2] "Quiet In My Town" was prominently featured at the end of Season 6 Episode 3 Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. of One Tree Hill on The CW Network. It played for 6 minutes during the coda – the scene of Quentin's funeral.[2] They have also had songs on Vampire Diaries and the movie, Underworld: Awakening.

"Letters From The Sky" was featured at the end of Episode 11 of Harper's Island.[3] In addition to this, the song was also featured on Season 7 of One Tree Hill, in the opening scene of the episode, You Are a Runner and I Am My Father's Son.[4] The song has also featured at the end of the film I Am Number Four.

"Letters From the Sky" was also used by World Wrestling Entertainment for the promo video between Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and John Cena for their Championship match at WrestleMania 29.

"Letters From the Sky" was the iTunes Free Download of the Week for the week of 6–12 October 2009.

The band's self-titled album was originally released independently in 2008. Having now signed to Wind-up Records, this album was due to be re-released 31 March 2009; however, due to scheduling issues it was pushed back. It was eventually released 6 April 2010.[5]

Civil Twilight's album Holy Weather came out 26 March 2012. Kevin Dailey from Charlotte, NC, also joined the band around this time.

Members[edit]

Civil Twilight performing at Tanz Cafe, Johannesburg, 2010-12-23 (from left to right) Steven McKellar, Andrew McKellar, Richard Wouters.

TV and film appearances[edit]

Song Show / Promo
"Human"
"Quiet in My Town"
"Letters from the Sky"
"Next to Me"
"Fire Escape" The Vampire Diaries
"Dying to Be Born" The Vampire Diaries
"How'm I Supposed to Die" Underworld: Awakening
"Come As You Are" Defiance Season 1, Episode 2
"Too Far Gone" Low Winter Sun Season 1, Episode 3
"The Courage Or The Fall" Arrow (TV series) Season 3, Episode 2

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[10]
US
Alt.

[11]
US
Heat.

[12]
US
Rock

[13]
Civil Twilight 16
Holy Weather
  • Released: 26 March 2012
  • Label: Wind-up
  • Formats: CD, digital download
124 20 3 31
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Alt.

[14]
US
Rock

[15]
"Quiet in My Town" 2009 Civil Twilight
"Letters from the Sky" 7 25
"Soldier"
"Anybody Out There"[16] 2010
"Next to Me"[16] 2011
"Fire Escape" 2012 21 44 Holy Weather
"River"[16]
"Too Far Gone"[17] 2013 -
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

EPs[edit]

References[edit]

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