Originally hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, Civil Twilight started as a trio that drew parallels with The Police and very early U2, Muse, Jeff Buckley, and Radiohead.
Their music has been described as having impassioned vocals and classic
song craft. Brothers Andrew and Steven McKellar were raised in a
musical household, having explored their father's jazz collection at a
young age while listening to their classically trained mother play
piano. In November 1996, Andrew launched a teen-aged band with help from
his high school classmate, drummer Richard Wouters, who was just
starting out in music and was not yet the world class drummer he is now.
The two scheduled an inaugural rehearsal for the following month; in
the interim, Andrew discovered that his younger brother, Steven, could
sing and write songs. The three musicians subsequently banded together,
with Steven agreeing to master the bass.
Civil Twilight spent several years practicing in local church halls and garages before graduating to the local club scene, where they steadily became a well-respected act. Having finished their education, the bandmates then relocated to Los Angeles in August 2005; shortly thereafter, they signed with the indie label One October and co-produced their debut record, Human. The album arrived in 2007 and received an extra boost when several songs were featured in prime-time television shows, including One Tree Hill, House, Star-Crossed and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. As their profile mounted, the musicians relocated to Nashville.
Their musical influences, interests, and heroes range from Oasis to Wilco, The National to Grizzly Bear. In 2012, they headlined a US tour (with Morning Parade opening up), supported two months with Mutemath, and various dates with Young the Giant. Past tour mates have also included Florence + the Machine, Smashing Pumpkins, Anberlin, Neon Trees, Jimmy Eat World, Silversun Pickups, and Of Monsters and Men.