Epic and atmospheric rock from South Africa - Early Show
Morning Parade, Vanaprasta
830 E. Burnside St.
Portland, OR, 97214
Doors 7:30PM / Show 8:30PM
This event is 21 and over
Civil Twilight brings a perfect blend of atmospheric sound and hazy storytelling that transports you to another place. Although Steven McKellar, his brother Andrew and Richard Wouters hail from South Africa, their sound is incredibly epic and their powerful song “Letters From The Sky” has provided the soundtrack to your every waking moment since its release. Written as an abstract concept by three lifelong friends, the song, along with their debut self-titled album, takes you to a time where it’s not quite daylight and not quite darkness.
Civil Twilight provides a safe haven in their vast musical desert for you to seek refuge. Steven’s vocals come forth in an eerie falsetto that can only be described as a crosspollination of Jeff Buckley and Thom Yorke. Richard’s drums are pounding reminders that the drummer always bestows the missing piece of the musical puzzle while Andrew’s guitar is the perfect complement that rounds out Civil Twilight’s lush soundscape, haunting yet soothing at the same time.
Cape Town’s not exactly the center of the musical universe; while their South African roots provided much inspiration, the band grew tired of their surroundings and soon relocated to Los Angeles. After a brief stint in LA, they decided to see what America had to offer and found a studio in South Carolina, where they recorded their first self-titled album but felt a need to experience something bigger. For their sophomore release they decided to settle in Nashville and found themselves enamored with the culture and people.
The writing process also shifted on Holy Weather (available March 27, 2012). The road is a strange beast; it can change how you perceive the world and moments that inspire you. Civil Twilight spent the better part of the last year on tour playing the likes of Bonnaroo and Voodoo Fest, opening for acts like Smashing Pumpkins and Florence & The Machine, and headlining their own shows across the country. When Steven started writing songs for their follow-up album, he used the most powerful tool at his disposal: nostalgia. 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 more challenging. However, all three 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.
Most of the songs are intangible to the listener. Every song is written from a different character’s perspective; Steven taps into fictional personae, inspired by real-life people he’s met and wonders how they’d adapt to certain situations. Put yourself into a Civil Twilight song and you’ll find yourself in a world where it’s not quite dark, yet not quite light, but exactly the place you want to be.
Vanaprasta formed in December of 2008, and the Los Angeles/Silver Lake experimental rock quintet has already generated a swift buzz through their blood-stirring live act and critically acclaimed, soon-to-be-released debut Forming the Shapes EP. The band recently earned an LA Times Top Pick, and examiner.com designated their forthcoming LP Healthy Geometry as one of the most anticipated albums of 2010.
Vanaprasta - Collin Desha, Steven Wilkin, Taylor Brown, Cameron Dmytryk, and Ben Smiley - traveled to Portland to record the bulk of their album over the summer and fall of 2009. The band is releasing Forming the Shapes EP as a precursor to these sessions on March 2nd. The 3 song EP showcases "their dramatic blend of churning rhythms, bright riffage and glowing imagery" (Kevin Bronson, buzzbands.la).
Vanaprasta's live shows and recorded tracks feature aggressive guitar interaction, abrupt shifts in tempo and time signature, tandem drumming, and soaring vocals. The band is influenced by various sounds, such as the bluesy monstrous riffs of Dark Side of the Moon to the slurred guitar of The Moon & Antarctica. Their sound also draws influence from the driving rhythms of Silent Alarm, the funk of bloodsugarsexmagik, and the raw, layered riffs from The Bends.
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