The Cape Town, South Africa, trio began when childhood friends Andrew McKellar and Richard Wouters began playing guitar together in the mid-’90s on a lark. At 15, Wouters moved behind the drum kit and McKellar wound up inviting his 13-year-old brother Steven to come to the duo’s rehearsal. The younger McKellar turned out to be a better than average songwriter and quickly evolved into a powerful bassist.
By the end of the ’90s, Civil Twilight was being shaped by a number of American and British bands — Nirvana, Oasis and Blur chief among them — layered on top of their early Jazz and local township influences.
With that kind of exposure, Civil Twilight is poised to storm the charts with its new album, a broad, expansive and sweetly melancholy Indie Pop/Rock record filled with gorgeously arranged songs of raw emotion (“Letter From the Sky”) and quiet reflection (“Quiet in My Town”).
Television has already discovered the emotive power of Civil Twilight. Can radio be far behind?
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