Life+Times Video Premiere: The Bright Light Social Hour “Infinite Cities”
Whether it’s Stubb’s in Austin or Mercury Lounge in NYC, this band brings a live rawness that masterfully bleeds into their records. It’s an unmatched je ne sais quoi that makes their sound relatable to the listener and devoid of condescension. Their level of musicianship paired with creativity is apparent in their visual art too. Regarding the exclusive Life + Times premiere of the “Infinite Cities” music video, Jack states that he “wanted to recreate a day in our (TBLSH) life on tour, mainly from the perspective of our drummer, Jo (Joseph), who happens to live with bipolar II.” The video, shot near their home studio on Lake Travis outside of Austin, captures an unexpected “post-apocalyptic” landscape. Jack adds, “In the video, he struggles with depression [and] depersonalization as the band travels and arrives in a strange place where colorful people open our minds, and we share music with them.”
“Infinite Cities” has a double meaning that also speaks to inner strength. Curtis further adds, “’Infinite Cities’ came up from a few particularly long stretches on the road. There’s an ache in the remoteness, a sense of isolation and estrangement, but also a quiet discovery of home and peace in a shifting setting. Lonely, but buoyed by a kind of family born in distance.”
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Nashville, San Diego + More Shows Added to Spring Tour
New Album Space Is Still the Place Available on March 10, 2015
“’Slipstream’, is a lush, space-western odyssey. Rolling in with a plodding bass line and restrained drumming, the track builds slowly before a hypnotic guitar riff oozes into the mix.’” – Consequence of Sound
“No matter how much research you put into figuring out who will be the hottest new artists of each year, another act comes into your vision with an output that absolutely blows you away.” – The Huffington Post
Today, Austin psychedelic rock outfit The Bright Light Social Hour unveils their new song “Slipstream” on Consequence of Sound. The song is the instant grat track off of their upcoming album Space Is Still The Place, which will be released on March 10, 2015 via Frenchkiss Records. PRESS HERE to pre-order the album.
The band will celebrate the release of their album with two performances in New York at Mercury Lounge and at Stubb’s in their hometown of Austin, TX before hitting the road for a Spring tour, with newly added shows in San Diego, Nashville, San Antonio and more. See full routing below, and for more information, visit www.thebrightlightsocialhour.com/dates.
The 10-track collection was written, performed, produced and engineered by the band at their home studio in Austin, TX, and mixed by Chris Coady (Beach House, TV On The Radio, Future Islands). PRESS HERE to listen to single “Infinite Cities,” on The Huffington Post.
The Bright Light Social Hour convened while Curtis Roush and Jack O’Brien attended graduated school together at the University of Texas in Austin. Following graduation, they released their first self-titled LP in 2010. In the months and years that followed, their songs won over their hometown, and they scored six awards at the SXSW 2011 Austin Music Awards. Space is Still the Place encompasses the idea of a “Future South,” which was developed by the band after touring across the country, heavily in the South, over the last few years. While on the road, the band usually stayed with people in various cities instead of hotels and gained a new perspective on the struggle young Americans faced after experiencing it first-hand.
“It was shocking,” said Curtis. “We realized how few individuals were working jobs they felt self-actualized by to some extent. They’re pedaling for survival. Our generation has grown up in continuous financial crises, a lot of unemployment, a lack of opportunity, widening inequality, and pervasive issues of race, gender, and class. We’re taking a lens to some of these gritty realities and espousing an optimistic, frontier-looking gaze into the future. ‘Future South’ is both an aesthetic and political
statement. We’re taking forms and influences from soul, blues, and gritty southern music and ushering them forward.”
The Bright Light Social Hour is Curtis Roush [guitar, vocals, synths], Jack O'Brien [bass, vocals, synths], and Joseph Mirasole [drums, synths].
Space Is Still The Place Track Listing:
1. Sweet Madelene
4. Ghost Dance
5. Sea of the Edge
8. Infinite Cities
9. The Moon
10. Escape Velocity
The Bright Light Social Hour are releasing their newest album, Space is Still The Place on March 10, 2015! We’re so excited to be working with these guys!
Along with a new album, TBLSH also have new tour dates! Check below to see if they’re headed your way in 2015.
2/15 Miami, FL @ Coconut Grove Arts Festival
2/21 Laredo, TX @ Jalapeño Festival
3/5 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (Early Show)
3/6 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (Late Show)
3/7 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
3/27 Austin, TX @ Stubb’s **Official Album Release Show**
3/31 New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
4/1 Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl
4/2 Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
4/3 Orlando, FL @ Social
4/4 Tampa, FL @ State Theatre
4/7Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
4/8 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
4/9 Washington DC @ DC9
4/10 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
4/11 Boston, MA @ Middle East (Upstairs)
4/12 Burlington, VT @ High Ground Lounge
4/14 Montreal, QC @ Quai Des Brumes
4/15 Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
4/16 Grand Rapids, MI @ Founders Taproom
4/17 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
4/18 Cincinnati, OH @ Woodward Theatre
4/21 St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
4/22 Little Rock, AK @ Stickyz
4/23 Tulsa, OK @ Vanguard
4/24 Dallas, TX @ Kessler
4/28 El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
4/29 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
5/1 Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theatre
5/2 Costa Mesa, CA @ Wayfarer
5/3 San Francisco, CA @ Chapel
5/5 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
5/6 Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
5/8 Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
5/9 Spokane, WA @ The Barlett
5/10 Boise, ID @ Neurolux
5/12 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
5/13 Denver, CO @ Bluebird