Civil Twilight

Bowery Presents

Civil Twilight

The Black Cadillacs

Thu, February 27, 2014

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$0.00 - $15.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 18 and over

Civil Twilight
Civil Twilight
Civil Twilight is a mystifying blend of atmospheric sounds with swirling guitars and hazy story¬telling centered on the struggles and triumphs of human existence. Three parts South Africa and one part Nashville, Steven McKellar, his brother Andrew, Richard Wouters and Kevin Dailey combine power and grace to provide a soundtrack for everything from the cracking of a heart to a walk around the block. Their sophomore release, Holy Weather is a remarkable journey through a dense forest of emotion and has been heralded as some of the best music to come out in 2012.

Civil Twilight provides a safe haven in which to seek refuge. Steven's vocals come forth in an eerie falsetto that can only be described as a cross-pollination of Jeff Buckley and Thom Yorke. Richard's drums are pounding reminders that the drummer always steers the ship along its voyage, while Andrew's guitars alongside the newest addition of Kevin on keyboards and vocal harmonies cre¬ate intense musical waves proving that a rising tide truly does lift all boats. Civil Twilight's lush soundscape is haunting, yet soothing at the same time.

Steven, Andrew and Richard grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, best friends since childhood. Steven and Andrew's mother, a classical pianist, played opera throughout the home. It was after the three started listening to grunge music that Civil Twilight, a fierce combination of both operatic and alternative elements, was born. While their South African roots provided much inspiration, the three friends grew restless and relocated to Los Angeles. Their self-titled debut was recorded in South Carolina after which Steven, Andrew and Richard settled in Nashville. Many years later, home has become a little town called Nashville, where they met Kevin Dailey and were so taken by his talent and artistic nature that they invited him to join Civil Twilight. Holy Weather was written in part to explore the nature and culture of the people of Nashville. The writing process shifted on Holy Weather from Civil Twilight's first release. When Steven start¬ed writing songs for their follow-up album, he used the most powerful tool at his disposal: postal¬gia. "When you're constantly in motion, you can't sit down and spend hours looking at something; you don't have time to really absorb what you're going through so you absorb subconsciously and write about it later as you reflect on it. There's a difference between actually being in the moment, writing about it as it affects you, than when it's flashing through your memory later on." This new approach to songwriting proved to be more challenging. However, all four members agreed that they wanted to craft an album that was a real test to play, not in terms of technique but in terms of exploring a longing that they hadn't been able to discover on the previous record.

Civil Twilight spent the better part of the last year on tour playing the likes of Bonnaroo and Voo¬too Fest, opening for acts like Smashing Pumpkins and Florence & The Machine, and headlining their own shows across the country. This year, they have been touring relentlessly, making festivals tops with bands like The Dave Matthews Band, Flaming Lips, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Afghan Whigs. This fall Civil Twilight will embark on a nationwide tour with Mutemath. Civil Twilight is exceptional in their rare gift of tangibility and fragility. Their songs are an intro¬cate maze of story and harmony. It is music for a world that is not quite dark and not quite light, much like that moment before the sun sets when we stop and take a breath.
The Black Cadillacs
The Black Cadillacs
The Black Cadillacs are a blues-based indie rock band from Knoxville, TN. With members from each

of Tennessee's major cities, the state's famous sounds are well represented. Nashville's recent brand

of rock n' roll revival takes center stage, but a wash of authentic Memphis blues-soul and a tinge of

Knoxville country distill into a sound as rich and Southern as it is alive.

Alongside their native influences, The Black Cadillacs are heavily impacted by rock history. "Bands

like The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Pink Floyd laid the foundation for us. With the success of

artists and bands like Jack White and My Morning Jacket, it's easy to see that blues-based rock n' roll

still resonates with audiences," says guitarist, John Phillips. "We were inspired by the same bands;

we're just trying to keep those sounds alive in our own way."

From Memphis to Knoxville, Mick Jagger to Jack White, The Black Cadillacs' sophomore release,

Run, pulls together more than 40 years worth of influence over this 11-track offering.

"Run is a veritable tapestry of lush blues and Southern soul with Phillips and guitarist Matthew Hyrka

weaving varicolored webs of texture and melody over the solid foundation of bassist Philip Anderson

and drummer Adam Bonomo," says Metro Pulse's Mike Gibson.

Released in June 2012, Run represents the band's attempt to capture the dynamic energy of its live

performance. The instrumentation was tracked live with the entire band in one room, just as the

songs were written and perfected on the road.

The Black Cadillacs' live set is where this well-orchestrated yet explosive blend comes to life. Playing

more than 100 dates in the past year, including sets at SXSW as a Red Bull Sound Select artist, The

Black Cadillacs use raw emotion in frontman Will Horton's voice to energize an audience and crank

up the sound. "The group displayed a repertoire (old and new) of grooves, rockers and ballads," Red

Bull Sound Select says of their SXSW performances. "They are often best when Horton showcases his

voice over spare instrumentation-- the connection is undeniable."

Tracks from Run have also been featured in several major TV shows including ABC's Nashville, NBC's

Whitney, Army Wives on Lifetime, and Dallas on TNT.

The Black Cadillacs are Will Horton (Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica), Matthew Hyrka (Lead

Guitar), Philip Anderson (Bass Guitar), John Phillips (Rhythm Guitar), and Adam Bonomo (Drums).

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Venue Information:
Terminal West
887 West Marietta St. Studio C
Atlanta, GA, 30318