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Civil Twilight Were Made For This

Civil Twilight at El Mocambo
Civil Twilight
El Mocambo in Toronto, ON
March 21, 2011

Photos and Review by: Stephen McGill

South Africa's Civil Twilight played a fantastic set to a devoted crowd at the El Mocambo the other night, and gave a great preview of what's to come from their next album.

Now relocated to Nashville, this was the band's first headlining tour of America after a number of support dates on tour for their self-titled album. This tour, however, they were previewing a number of cuts from their new album, as well as playing the previous singles. While the venue was only about half full, it was a pretty committed crowd who definitely knew the words, and were happy to sing along.

The band was made up of brothers Andrew and Steven McKellar taking up the front of the stage, Steven singing and playing bass, and Andrew playing guitar, with Richard Wouters on the drums. While they didn't cut the most interesting figures on stage, throughout the show they slowly ramped up the intensity of the set. The highlights of the night definitely came when they played the much more rocking numbers off their new album. This was helped by a great cover of Massive Attack's "Teardrop" about midway through their set. Without a doubt, the big crowd pleaser of the night was their single "Letters From The Sky" which has been played on a wide variety of TV shows. While not the most engaging band to watch, you can't argue with the music or the reaction they got from the crowd.

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