There aren’t many bands I can claim this kind of bragging right to, but if I may be so bold, allow me to declare myself as one of the first Philadelphian fans of South African rock band Civil Twilight. You see, it was back in 2008 when two friends of mine, Audrey and Liza, caught the band at Virginia Commonwealth University. The show, originally scheduled outdoors, was already poorly promoted and dampened further by rain, which forced the band to relocate to a room on campus that also happened to be serving free pizza. Story has it that the band played to a crowd of no more than five while students wandered in, grabbed a free slice and promptly left.
As for Audrey and Liza, they were more enticed by the delicious deep dish of Civil Twilight’s music. Hooked, in fact, and very soon thereafter I was gifted with a copy of Human, the band’s first, independently-released album which was re-released in 2010 as their debut with Wind-Up Records. I still remember the immediate goosebumps that registered upon first listen of the album’s ambitious opener “Anybody Out There”. It’s pure chills when that bass meets the gently building, U2-esque guitar melody, which hits its zenith following the pre-chorus refrain of, “I wanna hear that sound slow me down”. Continue reading →