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Interview:
Civil Twilight pushes towards new directions on third album
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Musical change was the mission for Civil Twilight on its upcoming third album, "Story of an Immigrant.

Recorded with producer Ben H. Allen in Atlanta, the rock quartet -- which formed in South Africa and now calls Nashville home -- approached "Story...," due out June 2, with a desire "to dive into what the hell we're doing here and who the hell we are," according to frontman Steve McKellar. "Our music on our first two albums was a replication of the music we knew how to make; that came out a certain way and it got a good response, but then it gets out to the world and people put it in a box, and that's the really giant mother..., to be put in a box, to be put in a genre.

"So then it's a journey from categorization into individuality, and this record is the first step back to that. I think we're all at that age and that time in our careers that we want to ask those questions of ourselves in our music, so that was an interesting journey."

The idea of being immigrants does, in fact, weigh heavy on McKellar, his brother and guitarist Andrew McKellar and drummer Richard Wouters. the formed Civil Twilight a decade ago in Cape Town heading to the States during the late 00s. "I think we're more at home where we are and more at home in America -- and more at home at home now, to be honest," McKellar says. "Growing up (in South Africa), I never felt at home there. I never felt like I was actually a part of the culture, a part of that country. "I think that's just the immigrant spirit, which is forever looking for a new frontier, whether it's physical or virtual.

"Now I feel like I'm more comfortable here AND more comfortable there -- but comfort does not mean I don't feel very much like an immigrant in terms of my searching and trying to understand where I fit in and how this culture works and how people work in general. That's what this album's really about."

Civil Twilight and Lightning Bugs

Friday, May 29. Doors open at 8 p.m.

The Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale.

Tickets are $12.

Call 248-540-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

Web Site: www.themagicbag.com

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