Civil Twilight @ SummerSounds, Greensburg’s Concerts in the Park.
The literary definition of civil twilight can be described as a fixed period when the limit at which twilight illumination is sufficient, under clear weather conditions, for terrestrial objects to be clearly distinguished; at the beginning of morning civil twilight, or end of evening civil twilight, the horizon is clearly defined and the brightest stars are visible under clear atmospheric conditions. This title encapsulates the essence and ambiance of that which is Civil Twilight. A musical journey, an experience of the deepest of emotions endearing to the heart and soul, reaching for the hand of another to capture the stunning soundscapes that illuminate the deepest of human emotions. This experience befits the phenomenon that transcends the longing the and the need for a connection to the source. It is unquestionable that in their music there are aural resemblances of this natural phenomenon, This band warrants a keen listening ear and a open heart that cascades through the palate of the deepest of human emotions and experience.
Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa brothers Steven and Andrew McKellar and bandmate Richard Wouters determined that coming to the U.S. was nessecary to advance their talents as they relocated to Nashville. The band has found themselves developing a strong fan base that is building around their spring 2012 album release of Holy Weather. The band has been touring stateside relentlessly over the past year . They have graced the stage of Bonnaroo and countless stops all across the United States as well as Canada. The gentlemen have also played The Jimmy Kimmel Show in May of 2012. Think Coldplay meets U2 meets Radiohead.
SummerSounds showcases a series of free and exciting concerts in Greensburg Pennsylvania’s St. Clair Park, boasting contemporary musicianship of local and emerging artists as well as uprising groups on the national scene. On June 22, 2012, I was ecstatic to have the privilege to view the ambient rush of Civil Twilight. The sun set on this outdoor venue as Civil Twilight took the stage, befitting were the fireflies that produced in sense a “civil twilight” of the environment. Front man Steve McKellar was drawn in by the beauty of the venue stating “I can not stop starring at your lovely trees.” The set list boasted songs from their 2010 self-titled album as well as 2012′s Holy Weather. The mood was that of escapism, full musical immersion into sweeping melodies, vibrato, and falsetto’s that send chills to every surface of your body. Guitarist Andrew McKellar showcased talent incorporating delay pedals, reverb, a violin bow, and even his beer bottle. There is no denying the quality of musicianship of the band, noting throughout the show front man Steven switching between his bass to piano, keyboard and various guitars. This band has become a personal favorite of mine and I ensure you that if you listen with an open ear and a true heart you will appreciate them as well. Preshow music was provided by Steve Cohagan and Zach Hudson, both members of The Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle.