The Bright Light Social Hour
“Their expansive sound, penchant for experimentation and incredible shows combine a psychedelic southern blues-rock aesthetic with danceable electronics... Continually exhilarating.” –David Dye, NPR’s World Cafe
Austin-based indie-psychonauts The Bright Light Social Hour kick off spring with new single “Not New” announced alongside extensive tour dates and a new album, Emergency Leisure, coming August 2 via Escondido Sound. Founded by Jackie O’Brien and Curtis Roush – and newly joined by Mia Carruthers, Zac Catanzaro and Juan Alfredo Ríos – the latest single melds Texas trippiness with irresistible disco-punk groove.
The band's sound is iconoclastic and ever-evolving, with four studio albums to date including the critically acclaimed Space Is Still the Place and Jude Vol. I & Jude, Vol. II. In addition to composing original soundtracks for HBO, MTV, and Nintendo, they wrote and recorded the award-winning theme for Amazon's "Sneaky Pete" at the request of Bryan Cranston.
The new single showcases a band reaching peak song-writing prowess, a tight yet bewildering journey with groove-rich drums, psychedelic synths and a dirty dancefloor payoff that would make Nile Rodgers blush.
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