Civil Twilight Streams 'Story of an Immigrant'

Album Available July 10
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Album Available July 10

“Civil Twilight is more than a group of musicians; they’re journeymen…guided by their passion for music.”—USA Today

“…enveloping, emotive, and one of the easiest things you’ll listen to all day and bodes well for the collection.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Civil Twilight have made a career of making deeply-felt music and that doesn’t change with their third full-length release.”—Huffington Post

“Civil Twilight’s haunting sound has been heard everywhere from fashion runways to Times Square.”—Paste

Civil Twilight’s forthcoming studio album Story of an Immigrant is streaming now exclusively on SPIN. “The quartet make clear that while they haven’t left their South African roots behind, their tastes lie all over the place,” says SPIN of the album. “Opener ‘Oh Daniel’ is full of clattering drums and rapid-fire guitar lines, while single ‘Holy Dove’ gallops atop a heavy, Muse-esque synth bass. The band even throw in a little vocoder on the anthemic ‘River Child.’” Listen to the album HERE. Nylon recently premiered the video for the hit single off the record, “Holy Dove,” which debuted this week on the Alternative Radio Chart at #40, and has exceeded 100k Spotify streams. Watch the video HERE. The new LP is available for preorder via iTunes and worldwide July 10 on Wind-up Records. This is the band’s third full-length release on the label following 2012’s Holy Weather.

To celebrate the LP, the Nashville-based band is returning to play an album showcase at 3rd & Lindsley on July 16. The band is then playing additional summer shows at intimate venues with artists such as The Gaslight Anthem, Cold War Kids and Lord Huron, including a stop at Bowery Ballroom in New York on July 22. The band recently performed on VH1’s “Big Morning Buzz” ( and live with Utopiafest at this year’s SXSW Festival ( Please see full dates below. Tickets for select shows are available now.

Civil Twilight’s Steven (lead vocals, bass and piano) and Andrew McKeller (guitar), Richard Wouters (drums) and Kevin Dailey (keys and guitar) spent one month recording Story Of An Immigrant with Ben H. Allen (Gnarls Barkley, Bombay Bicycle Club, Cut Copy) at Maze Studios in Atlanta. Of the title track and album theme, frontman McKeller says “this song both lyrically and musically seemed to set the course for the new music we were writing. It was the first song written for the new record where we all collectively went, ‘I like this. Let’s keep going in this direction.’ We think musically it very naturally links our past with where we’re headed—and lyrically it’s in many ways the story of our lives, our band, and our journey.”

Civil Twilight started as brothers Steven and Andrew McKellar explored their father's jazz collection and listened to their classically trained mother play piano in Cape Town, South Africa. In 1996, Andrew launched a teenaged band with help from his high school classmate, drummer Richard Wouters. The bandmates relocated to Los Angeles in August of 2005 where they co-produced their debut record, Human (2007). Several songs from the album were featured in prime-time television shows, including “One Tree Hill,” “House,” “Star Crossed” and “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.” Shortly after their debut release, the band moved to Nashville and signed with Wind-Up Records in 2008. After re-releasing their self-titled LP in 2010, the band’s debut single, “Letters from the Sky,” reached #5 on the Alternative radio charts and remained in the Top 10 for six months of the year selling over 200,000 copies.

In 2012, Wind-Up Records released Civil Twilight’s Holy Weather. The band headlined a U.S. tour with Morning Parade as an opener and supported two months with Mutemath. Past tour mates have also included Florence & The Machine, Young The Giant, Jimmy Eat World, Of Monsters and Men and Neon Trees. Civil Twilight has played the main stage at festivals such as Bonnaroo, Hangout, Voodoo, Austin City Limits, VH1 Best Cruise Ever, Milwaukee Summerfest, Kirstenbosch (Cape Town) and Rocking the Daisies (Cape Town). Their most recent single “Fire Escape” charted Top 20 Alternative and received extensive coverage on MTV, Vh1 and Fuse.


*with Matthew E. White and Small Time Napoleon

†with Nate Ruess and MS. MR.

‡with The Gaslight Anthem, Cake, Airborne Toxic Event and more

§with Cold War Kids

**with Lord Huron

††with Delta Rae

‡‡with Cake, Matt & Kim, Bear Hands and more

§§with The Greeting Committee

July 12 Philadelphia, PA Radio 104.5 Block Party†

July 16 Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley

July 21 Vienna, VA Jammin Java

July 22 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom

July 23 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion‡‡

July 24 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall‡

July 25 Buffalo, NY Canalside Buffalo with WLKK§

July 27 Toronto, ON Rivoli††

July 28 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop

July 29 Indianapolis, IN Radio Radio

July 31 Minneapolis, MN Turf Club

August 1 Milwaukee, WI Shank Hall

August 3 Omaha, NE Slowdown**

August 6 Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep

August 7 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge

August 9 Kansas City, MO The Record Bar§§