We're SO STOKED to announce that we are releasing a NEW ALBUM, Jude Vol. I, February 1 on Modern Outsider Records! The first single, "Lie To Me (Große Lüge)" will be widely available tomorrow (Friday), though you can hear it now by watching the trippy lyric video below (made by our own Joseph Mirasole):
Relix Magazine Premiere: The Bright Light Social Hour Share Lyric Video Ahead Of New Album
Pre-order Jude Vol. I here
Here’s a snippet from our press release cause it’s late I can’t be fucked to say it better:
The Bright Light Social Hour today announced their third LP, Jude Vol. I, set for release February 1, 2019 via Modern Outsider. The first single from the album, “Lie To Me (Große Lüge),” is available here.
Produced by Chris Coady (Slowdive, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beach House) and recorded at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, Jude Vol. I was borne out of the healing that took place after the band suffered the devastating loss of Alex O’Brien, bass player/vocalist Jackie O’Brien’s brother and the band’s manager of four years, who suffered from severe and sudden Bipolar 1 Disorder.
“It was a terrible thing, but it was also the most beautiful thing I’ve ever experienced and probably will ever experience,” Jackie says. “This was all happening as we started the record. Not all the songs are about Alex, but I think even the ones that aren’t all have a bittersweet mix
of overwhelming beauty and terrible loss. The music deals with the ripples it caused in all of our lives, especially in our relationships, with an underlying theme of trying to wrap our heads around all of this.”
Known for their incredible live performances, The Bright Light Social Hour will hit several festivals this spring, like Savannah Stopover, South By Southwest, Boise’s Treefort Music Festival, and Fort Worth, TX’s Fortress Festival. Additional tour dates will be announced very soon.
Jude Vol. I follows the release of an EP, “Missing Something,” whose title track spawned an art house-style video that has since received accolades from the Top Indie Film Awards, the Berlin Music Video Awards, and the Austin Music Video Festival.
We’re so stoked to share this with y’all! Pre-order a copy, cause why the fuck not? I listened to the vinyl test pressing again today. God damn. Chris Coady is an absolute fucking genius.
We're stoked to share yet another new music video with y'all! This one is for "Alternate Loving" off our recent EP, Missing Something, premiered by the exquisite folks at OVRLD. Watch below:
OVRLD Presents: Exclusive Video Premiere: Bright Light Social Hour "Missing Something"
The video was directed by the incomparable Christian Bowman, with editing, visual synthesis and effects done by our own Joseph Mirasole. It was filmed over two freezing rainy days around Austin and features much micro-goth gallivanting and aquatic psychonautics. We hope you enjoy!
Also! Our last video, Missing Something, has recently won Best Music Video at the Top Indie Film Awards and been nominated for the Austin Music Video Festival, the Berlin Music Video Awards and the Bizarre Art Film Festival in Alicante, Spain! Watch Missing Something HERE.
And finally, we just wanted to say a massive THANK YOU for supporting us in another amazing year! 2018 was a wild one for us. A couple of quick highlights include:
-Sigining with United Talent Agency in Los Angeles - our incredible team there will see to it we tour far and wide in 2019 with some dope festivals in the works (confirmed dates here, many more to come!)
-Signing with the high-and-like-minded Modern Outsider Records
-Modern Outsider releasing our EP, MISSING SOMETHING (mixed by Jim Eno of Spoon) digitally and on dope translucent pink vinyl!
-Flying to Beverly Hills to accept the award for Best Theme Song for a Streaming Television Series at the BMI Film & Television Awards for "Harder Out Here", the theme we wrote for Amazon's Sneaky Pete (just renewed for a 3rd season!! Shredd got to meet John Williams!)
-Playing our first ever cruise ship festival - WMNF Tampa's Tropical Heatwave - and getting to enjoy a gorgeous day in Cozumel together
-Curtis releasing his first solo record, Cosmic Campfire Music, check it out if you missed it!
-Playing some truly unforgettable shows at SXSW, including Israel Nash's From the Hills with Love. (BTW- the one band that completely blew us away was Sea Moya from Germany, we highly recommend you check them out! We're hoping to do some touring with them in 2019 ;))
-Our song "Ghost Dance" being featured in the hit Ubisoft video game Far Cry 5
-"Ghost Dance" being featured in SYFY's Van Helsing, season 3 episode 1
-Creating and releasing several dope videos for songs off the MISSING SOMETHING EP - Trip With Lola, Alternate Loving and Missing Something. Also, all the aforementioned love and recognition the Missing Something video has been receiving.
Is that it? Surely not... Oh yeah!! We spent a LOT of time in Los Angeles working on... some... things... that... we... will... SHHHHH... announce... very..... shortly.............
Thank you dearly for your continued support and we seriously can't wait for what 2019 has in store.
Happy holidays! Merry Christmas! All the love and gratitude in the universe!! And don't forget to watch, share and comment on "Alternate Loving" below!
Jackie O + TBLSH
Just a heads up - the video consists of frogs jumping off of boobs in slow motion, so, NSFW for you 9-5ers. Watch below.
This video has been a dream of mine for so long, and we're so proud to share it! If you enjoy, we'd deeply appreciate you helping us spread the word!
A little about the song and video:
The song was written while my late brother, Alex, was suffering from severe bipolar depression. At the time, he and I were living at our studio, and for what felt like years the air continued to grow heavy, foreboding, all-consuming. I think deep down we both knew what was coming, that we were powerless to stop it. Though the lyrics didn't mean much to me initially, they proved to be a foreshadowing of Alex's eventual suicide, as did Curt's terrified guitar freak-outs and ghostly backing vocals as well as Jo's ominous and weighty drumming. There is a lightness though, halfway through each progression when the keys lift then resolve, like we all knew somewhere ahead there was some relief, some light, some peace beyond the unstoppable weight of nothingness.
Alex, the band and I joked about the video concept for a long time, and honestly, I put off production because I had no idea who to ask to be in it. I finally decided if I reached out to enough people someone would be down. To my surprise though, just about everyone I reached out to was thrilled to be a part of it, and I had far more frog-breasts than I could fit into two and a half minutes. We found a gorgeous red-eyed Costa Rican tree frog that we named Snoop Frogg to be the star, along with Kermit (the green tree frog) and Mr. Pickles (the super fat pixie frog).
For me, the video is about that fear of death. Deep down inside we know that without death there is no life, and if we had the courage to look it in the face, there could be nothing more uplifting, joyous and spirit-freeing. Yet the second we allow ourselves to ponder it or let it get to us, we immediately turn away and search for peace elsewhere, kinda like these frogs jumping from breast to breast. There's a light at the end of the tunnel that beckons, but rather than stay bathing in its nourishment, we grow scared and jump away.
Maybe I'm overthinking it. Hope you enjoy!
Listen to our latest EP, Missing Something, here. And stay tuned because we have a lot of exciting things coming in the new year!
All the love!!
Jackie O + TBLSH