New Audio: Civil Twilight’s Haunting, Spectral Cover of Billy Idol’s “Dancing With Myself”


Comprised of brothers Andrew (guitar) and Steven McKeller (bass, lead vocals and keys), Richard Wouters (drums and percussion) and Kevin Dailey (keyboards and backing vocals), indie rock quartet Civil Twilight initially formed as a at trio in Cape Town, South Africa influenced by The Police, early U2MuseJeff Buckley and Radiohead before recently relocating to Nashville, TN.  And with the release of their critically applauded Story of an Immigrant, the newly constituted quartet have quickly developed a reputation for a soaring, anthemic and broodingly atmospheric songs that sound indebted to The Unforgettable Fire and Joshua Tree-era U2 — with a subtle bit of shoegaze thrown in.

Building on the buzz that Story of an Immigrant received, the Nashville-based quartet will be re-releasing the album through Wind Up Records on July 16; however, this time with all acoustic versions of the album’s material. And to celebrate both the re-issuing of Story of an Immigrant and the announcement of a headlining tour throughout the Midwest, the band released a bonus track from the re-issue,  a hauntingly spectral, slow-burning cover of Billy Idol‘s “Dancing With  Myself,” which manages to give a completely different reinterpretation of a familiar and overplayed 80s mega-hit, turning the song into a lonely, late night ballad that you’d slow dance to with a lover — or as the song says, by yourself.

As I mentioned earlier, the band will be on tour throughout July. Check out tour dates below:

* with Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness 

7/03 National Cherry Festival – Traverse City MI
7/05 Adado Riverfront Park – Lansing MI
7/07 The Intersection – Grand Rapids MI *
7/08 Blissfest Roots Music Festival – Petoskey MI
7/14 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis TN *
7/19 The Old Rock House – St Louis MO
7/20 Schubas Tavern – Chicago IL
7/21 Wooly’s – Des Moines IA *
7/22 The Blue Note – Columbia MO *