BIG NEWS!! Nashville-based (by way of Cape Town, South Africa) alt-rock band Civil Twilight is sharing their new single “Holy Dove,” and a new live acoustic video for the title track from their forthcoming studio album Story Of An Immigrant, out June 2 on Wind-up Records. Listen to “Holy Dove” HERE via Billboard and via Soundcloud HERE. In addition to the new single, Billboard also exclusively reveals new album art created by brothers Steven and Andrew McKeller. You can watch the video via YouTube HERE, and you can watch the new acoustic live video of “Story Of An Immigrant” via Diffuser.FM HERE or YouTube HERE. Diffuser.FM says “seeing and hearing them in such a stripped-down setting only highlights their immense talents even more.” In conjunction with the new track, album art and live video, the pre-order of the album launches today and is available via iTunes HERE. The new LP is the band’s third full-length release on the label following 2012’s Holy Weather. The band will play select U.S. dates with a full tour to be announced soon (see below).
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. “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,’” says Steven McKeller of the title track and album theme. “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 6 months, selling over 200,000 copies.
In 2012, Civil Twilight released Holy Weather and 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, among many others. 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.
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