Civil Twilight (band)

Civil Twilight

Civil Twilight performing at Summerfest 2010
Background information
Origin Cape Town, South Africa
Genres Alternative rock, indie rock
Years active 1996 - present
Labels Wind-up Records
Andrew McKellar
Richard Wouters
Steven McKellar

Civil Twilight is a three-piece rock band from Cape Town, South Africa. They are signed to Wind-up Records, and have released their self-titled debut album, Civil Twilight.



Originally hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, Civil Twilight is a power trio that draws parallels with Pilot Speed and is especially known for their similar sound to early U2. Their music has been described as having impassioned vocals and stirring, alt-rock songcraft. 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 teenaged band with help from his high school classmate, guitarist Richard Wouters. 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 and Wouters giving up the guitar (which Andrew also played) to learn drums.


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 moved 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, and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. As their profile mounted, the musicians relocated to Nashville.

Their songs have been featured in many TV spots, including One Tree Hill[1] and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.[2] "Quiet In My Town" was prominently featured at the end of Season 6 Episode 3 Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. of One Tree Hill on The CW Network. It played for 6 minutes during the coda – the scene of Quentin's funeral.[2]

"Letters From The Sky" was featured at the end of Episode 11 of Harper's Island, after Wakefield kills Cal and Chloe commits suicide.[3] In addition to this, the song was also featured on Season 7 of One Tree Hill, in the opening scene of the episode, You Are a Runner and I Am My Father's Son.[4] The song has also featured at the end of the film I Am Number Four.

"Letters From the Sky" was the iTunes Free Download of the Week for the week of October 6–12, 2009.

The band's self-titled album was originally released independently in 2008. Having now signed to Wind-up Records, this album was due to be re-released March 31, 2009; however, due to scheduling issues it was pushed back. It was eventually released July 21, 2009.[5] They opened for label mates, Evanescence, for a one-off show in New York on November 4, 2009.

They also opened for a Three Days Grace concert in Ontario, California on April 25, 2010, where they played "Letters From the Sky" and many other of their songs.

In August 2010, Civil Twilight was featured in Venus Zine, a women's music and culture magazine. The three members hung out with Venus Zine for a round of drinks in New York City's Sixth Ward.

On June 9, 10, and 11, 2011, Civil Twilight played three shows at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee.


TV Spots

Song Show / Promo
"Human" Without A Trace[citation needed]

House, MD[2][6]

Wrestlemania 26

Brett Hart vs Vince McMahon Promo

The Vampire Diaries

"Quiet In My Town" One Tree Hill

2010 Celebrity Rehab[2]

"Letters From The Sky" Harper's Island[3]

One Tree Hill[4]

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles[2]

WWE promo for the Cena/Orton rivalry at Bragging Rights 2009

Big Love Season 5 trailer

Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. Season 4, Episode 10

Jimmy Kimmel April 27, 2010[7]

I Am Number Four[8]

24/7 Pacquiao vs. Margarito Episode 1

The Event March 7 2-Hour Premiere


Studio albums

Year Album Peak chart

2009 Civil Twilight
  • Released: July 21, 2009
  • Label: Wind-up (60150131522)
  • Format: CD, DI

Civil Twilights début album "Civil Twilight" Set Track List,

1. Anybody Out There

2. Soldier

3. Next to Me

4. Letters from the Sky

5. On the Surface

6. Trouble

7. Human

8. Perfect Stranger

9. What You Want

10. Something She Said

11. Quiet in My Town

12. Run Dry

13. Save Yourself

14. Stolen


Year Single Peak chart positions Album


2009 "Quiet in My Town" Civil Twilight
2010 "Letters from the Sky" 7 25
"Anybody Out There"
2011 "Next to Me"
"—" denotes a release that did not chart


  1. ^ [1], One Tree Hill Connection
  2. ^ a b c d e [2], FYI Music News
  3. ^ a b [3], – Harper's Island Episode Guide
  4. ^ a b [4], CW TV Music
  5. ^ [5], Civil Twilight MySpace
  6. ^ [6], Jeremy Stanley Blog
  7. ^ Jimmy Kimmel Performance on YouTube
  8. ^ I Am Number Four (film)
  9. ^ "Civil Twilight Album & Song Chart History: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2011-04-04. 
  10. ^ "Civil Twilight Album & Song Chart History: Alternative Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2011-04-04. 
  11. ^ "Civil Twilight Album & Song Chart History: Rock Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2011-04-04. 

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