If you like the sort of driving rock craftsmanship and genuine passion that used to flow from a certain Irish four-piece, or perhaps the equally excellent trio Sting led before he went tantric, here's a hot tip: Check out Civil Twilight of Cape Town, South Africa. Over the past couple of years, this pair of brothers and their high-school friend have dutifully gigged around, raised their visibility here in the U.S. with performances at Bonnaroo and syncs in popular shows like House. But that was then. This first single from album No. 2 is next-level. It sums up the current cultural angst and portrays the hopes of a generation going up in smoke--exactly the sorts of topics that quality rock is supposed to wrestle with. And it kicks like an angry two-year-old colt.
On iTunes: Civil Twilight / "Fire Escape"