Letting Civil Twilight’s “River” Run

Civil Twilight get compared to other bands quite often – notably Coldplay. It’s probably because they have four members like that Internationally-celebrated UK group, and because its front man is known to dabble in falsetto and 88 keys. The comparisons, however, should stop there but they probably won’t. As a matter of fact, during an “A-Sides” session with them earlier this month I’m pretty sure I just assumed they were from England. They’re not. The band – Steven and Andrew McKellar and Richard Wouters hail from Cape Town South Africa, and what Charlize Theron is to beauty, these guys are to music. Apologies for that analogy. I’m essentially saying Theron is beautiful and they make beautiful music, and – you know – they’re all from South Africa.

Anyway, the band, who added a fourth member recently (Kevin Dailey), are currently on the road in support of “Holy Weather,” an album that features their signature epic sound and storytelling. The quartet stopped by the Music Conservatory of Westchester to film “A-Sides,” performed two tracks, and addressed comparisons to other bands and the fact their music is heard on many, many television shows from “House” to “Vampire Diaries.”

Watch. Listen. Love. Catch them on tour with Mutemath this fall.

“River” Live
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVbGOy2pBd4&w=560&h=315]

“Highway of Fallen Kings”
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuGHs5bOqis&w=560&h=315]

Interview
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SkkiyVkTtE&w=560&h=315]

About A-Sides with Jon Chattman
Jon Chattman’s music series features artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometimes humorous) way. No bells, no whistles — just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, I’m hoping this is refreshing.

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