Twilight Revival

Twilight Revival

 Chicago, Illinois, USA

"Infectious hooks that are equal parts folk spirit and rock rebellion ... blistering energy, soaring peaks and deathly silence ... songs of scorn and retribution, tradition and salvation . . . adorned in the finest tattered rags of american rock n' roll."


Based in Chicago, Twilight Revival’s sound has been described as “Midwestern garage” and "cut from the same heartland cloth as the Replacements and Uncle Tupelo." They are often compared to local heroes Wilco, but the band’s sonic roots extend beyond their backyard – from Woodstock to Athens, from the UK to the Pacific Northwest.

The band formed in 2006, debuting with a series of year-end shows in Chicago, and released their first self-titled EP in 2007. Equal parts bombast and nuance, the Twilight Revival EP showcased intelligent hook-laden rock n’ roll that is authentic but unassuming. After a key personnel change in 2007, the band regrouped to fully exploit its core strengths – building infectious hooks out of graceful vocal harmonies, soaring guitar riffs and rolling backbeats, all dressed down in the finest rags of modern indie rock.

In early 2008, the band signed a record deal with Mile Long Records and released its first full-length album, “Parlor,” in early 2009. Part raucous rebellion and part folk revival, it alternately growls with intensity and simmers in ominous quiet. These are tales of heroes and ghosts, loss and redemption, despair and salvation. Tradition and experimentation share equal billing, yet the album remains cohesive – unified by an underlying sense of purpose and conviction in both the writing and performance.

The collaborative nature of the band’s songwriting results in a broad cross-section of sounds and influences as everything from guitar riffs to lead vocals trade hands from song to song and verse to verse. Beneath all the well-crafted hooks and sonic adventurism, Twilight Revival’s sound is rooted in an undercurrent of sincerity and conviction. Their style is equally nostalgic and visionary ... a worthy representation of American music’s past, present and future.



Written By: Twilight Revival

This won’t feel the same way / this won’t feel the same to anyone / a rocket on a running line / howling in the night / calling on the other side/ all the American might / I’m pushing you the same way / I’m pushing you the same as anyone

If Only

Written By: Twilight Revival

If there were a safe place to walk around here I’d roam / if there were such a thing as a honeymoon I’d go / I get knocked down sometimes I rise / if there were answers once they’ve been hidden forever, untold / if the lost rewards can be bought once more I’m sold / I get knocked down sometimes I rise / I search for safety, safety flies / I will write you a hundred letters of all I’ve dreamed since we were young / I will stand up and guard your honor, bye and bye Lord, bye and bye / it’s hard / it’s hard enough


Written By: Twilight Revival

Oh please not another planted reaction, my kingdom for a thought of your own / you know you should’ve stopped but you ended up crashing, the only way that you’ve ever known / don’t try to hide, don’t try to hide, you always been too easy to find / always revving up and never go any faster / say you’ll do what I want, but not as your told / maybe all I need is a helicopter to get on top of the cloud you’re on / one of these times your private disasters, won’t be the life of the show / all the big shots you go tumbling after, are waving their goodbyes from the road


Written By: Twilight Revival

Precious danger, oh the hours, come and save me now / before I find out the things you don’t say aloud about every precious thing you hover around / and maybe it’s just part of the bargain / and we’re all just playing a part / Dolley honey save the picture, they’re coming at dark / oh, the fire over Montpellier, seems the whole world’s burning now / and old Tecumseh, he’s burning up the mountain side / don’t worry Doll, it’s nothing but a change of mind


Written By: Twilight Revival

Let’s take this off the hook and off line, we’ll sink our teeth in / watch the whole thing, watch it begin, again and again and again and again / and it all adds up to a fire I can’t start / a little fucked up but no more than we already are / every little piece just repeats that we’re falling apart / till you end up in a sterile white room all alone or a dirty corner of the bar / in the right shade don’t I look bright/I could slip, slip and still win / bribe the host man just to get in, stand stiff, stiff with a grin as it spins


2007 EP: "Twilight Revival"
2008 Digital Demo: "Songs from the Guest Room"
Feb 2009: "Parlor" (Mile Long Records)

Set List

Original indie rock, 45-90 mins, mostlly tracks from 2009 LP, plus some new/unreleased tracks, some from 2007 debut EP, possibly a clever cover