Photo by Julia Reihs
Austin-based psych-pop outfit The Bright Light Social Hour may seem lighthearted and playful when they describe themselves as “four noise bois, who make noise and they’re bois.” However, their newest album, Jude Vol. 1, deals with heavy themes of love, loss, and grieving. The album was written and recorded following the death of the band’s tour manager Alex O’Brien, brother to the band’s bassist Jackie. Produced by Chris Coady at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, Jude Vol. 1 is a diverse group of tracks that deal indirectly with the band’s loss, drawing influence from disco with space-age synths and veering more psychedelic at times with reverb-laden guitars.
Listen to live tracks from Jude Vol. 1, out now on Modern Outsider Records, in the player below.
Written by Emily Wilson – KUTX Intern
“Lie to Me” by The Bright Light Social Hour