THE BRIGHT LIGHT SOCIAL HOUR

THE BRIGHT LIGHT SOCIAL HOUR

From great tragedy comes great art. Or, at least, that’s the hope. In creating their new albums, Jude Vol. I and Jude Vol. II, The Bright Light Social Hour found making music to be a healing, cathartic process after the band was deeply shaken by grief.

In 2015, around the release of the Austin group’s second album Space Is Still The Place, Jackie’s brother Alex, the band’s manager of four years, was deep in the delusional throes of severe and sudden bipolar 1 disorder. It was a time of immense stress and intensity for the musicians, who began writing songs for a new album in their home studio on Lake Travis as Alex spiraled. The songs took a turn when Alex took his own life on the shore of the lake, witnessed in its aftermath by Jackie.

“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.”

The contiguous albums, titled after Alex’s middle name, are about what it means to lose someone and then be left to pick up the pieces. They’re about relationships and politics and confronting your own emotions head on. Because of these intense thematic cores, the musicians searched for a more streamlined way to express themselves in song. Where Space Is Still The Place is cloudy and filled with distortion, Jude Vol. I and Jude Vol. II seek clarity and clean, bold lines amidst the haze. There are elements of shoegaze, drawn from bands like My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive, as well as Krautrock and New Wave, resulting in dreamy textures with distinct articulations of emotion right beneath the surface.

SWIMM makes indie music combining ethereal sonic elements of soul, psych and folk and grounding them in lyrical content based in social commentary and a longing for clarity in the inevitable. SWIMM is trying to break your heart on a long drive but encourages pit stops for dancing on the side of the road.

They have built a name for themselves in their transplanted home of LA with their DIY 'anything goes' parties at their warehouse home The Cube. Their debut album Sentimental Porno was released in 2018. After curating 2 sold out years of their LA fest 'Love You Down', they are ramping into their third this February with headliners Warpaint, only strengthening the momentum of community SWIMM is building around them from the ground up.

"It didn't take long to fall in love with this Indian Rocks Beach, FL-based four-piece. With a tasteful blend of psych and garage rock, New England occult, and 1960’s surf culture, FayRoy has a brand and sound that stands out above the noise that clutters pages of blogs and publications on a day-to-day basis. Their smooth riffs give a laidback beach vibe, yet the expansive soundscape complete with epic instrumental breakdowns are perfect for getting blissfully lost. FayRoy members Zachary Hoag, Kyle Fournier, Greyson Charnock, and Dallas Eubanks accomplish this through highly engaging lyrics, clean, spacey guitar work, and well-pronounced basslines." -The Music Ninja

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