Knitting Factory Brooklyn Presents
361 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
Doors 7:00PM / Show 8:00PM
This event is all ages
Civil Twilight have been playing music together since they were teenagers growing up in South Africa, emulating the rock music they heard coming out of Europe and America, from Oasis, U2 and Nirvana to The Verve, The Police, Muse and Radiohead.
Civil Twilight envelopes you in its multi-layered sound and vision. You don't necessarily hear a whole lot of the music of Africa on the band's self-titled debut, but you can hear the continent itself in Steve McKellar's ambitious lyrics, their existential questioning and spiritual longing the perfect correlative to the music's expansive atmospheric soundscapes, at once lush, feverish and exotic like a jungle, with the vast, arid spaciousness of a desert.
The band's name itself a reflection on that in-between time, not quite daylight, not quite darkness, but rather a shifting shade of gray. With songwriting influences ranging from Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen to Bruce Springsteen and Thom Yorke, Civil Twilight has been able to translate their outsider status—first in South Africa, and now in America—into a convincing voice for lyrics.
Composed of Greg Itzen (vocals), Dan Kaplan (guitar), TJ DeBlois (drums), Derek Zglenski (bass), and Evan Rotunno (guitar, vocals), Carousel was born of time-tested relationships as dynamic and changing as a ride on a merry-go-round. A near decade of cycling through moments of excitement, heartbreak, giving up and starting over, has resulted in the formation of this band. Surely the musical chemistry has got something to do with the band members' extensive history. Greg Itzen and Dan Kaplan met in a quaint neighborhood in Langhorne, PA where they grew up a few houses apart. Their unshakable love of music solidified their friendship and put them on the path to where they now stand. Over the years Greg Itzen has had a few tastes of musical success alongside fellow Bucks County locals Keith Goodwin (Days Away, Good Old War) and Anthony Green (Saosin, Circa Survive). After taking a break from music, Itzen found himself in a new project, Like Lions, as a lead singer for the first time. His new band mates included future Carousel drummer TJ DeBlois and guitarist Dan Kaplan. Unfortunately, conflict arose behind the beautiful music they made. Despite their potential, the members of Like Lions went their separate ways. Luckily in fall of 2009, Kaplan, Itzen and DeBlois put their issues behind them with the realization that in order to make the music they wanted to, they would have to make it together. By February of 2010, Carousel rounded out the lineup with bassist Derek Zglenski (Ink and Dagger) and guitarist Evan Rotunno, who is Greg's younger brother. Rotunno's voice, eerily reminiscent of Itzen's earlier sound, makes the perfect compliment to his older brother's now fully matured vocals. With all the pieces in place the five of them began writing; in May they ventured down to Maryland where Nik Tyler and Greg Altman would record the band's first tracks.
The sound of Carousel is a perfect blend of rawness and sophistication. Their songs are refreshingly original with subtle allusions to the artists whom have inspired them. The music of Carousel is something to be experienced.