The now Nashville based Civil Twilight are living proof of what happens when you stop worrying about being the chosen one and make music built on both the roots that grew you and the love that keeps you thriving every day.
Civil Twilight’s songs embrace every corner of human emotion, balancing delicate, poetic lyrics with sweeping arrangements that touch all the senses: a phrase to make you think; a rolling drumbeat you can feel in your bones; a guitar vamp as illustrative as a picture; a shimmer of keys whose light can nearly be seen and heard.
The same goes for their most recent release – a gorgeous, goose-bump giving rendition of Billy Idol’s “Dancing With Myself,” that premiered on Consequence of Sound. Re-worked into a softly-spoken, sprawling ballad, Consequence of Sound noted that the band had done Idol justice, with the “sparse, understated cover… that transforms the song into a proper ballad.”
“I was sitting down with a friend of mine listening to that song one day,” recalls frontman Steven McKellar. “He read me the lyrics while the song was playing and I just thought they were so beautiful. They struck me in a way that they never had before. I thought, ‘This song would make such a beautiful ballad.’ So we decided to record it that way, really sparse and sensitive.”
The song will be available as a bonus track on the special acoustic re-release of their album, “Story of an Immigrant” which will be available July 15 via Wind-up Records. The record will also feature two more bonus tracks, “Letters from the Sky” and “Save Yourself”. Following appearances at Bonnaroo and Firefly this Summer, the band will continue across the country on a headlining tour this July, plus a handful of shows with Andrew McMahon and the Wilderness.
Check it out below along with their tour dates including Chicago on July 20th.
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
* with Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
7/02 Club Cafe – Pittsburgh PA
7/03 National Cherry Festival – Traverse City MI
7/05 Adado Riverfront Park – Lansing MI
7/07 The Intersection – Grand Rapids MI *
7/08 Blissfest Roots Music Festival – Petoskey MI
7/14 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis TN *
7/19 The Old Rock House – St Louis MO
7/20 Schubas Tavern – Chicago IL
7/21 Wooly’s – Des Moines IA *
7/22 The Blue Note – Columbia MO *