- 01 Feb 22
Considered one of the most influential, underground groups in recent memory, Bright Eyes are returning with a visit to their past selves.
Seminal indie-rock band Bright Eyes have announced a massive reissuing and re-recording project with their label, Dead Oceans. In the coming year, 54 new recordings are set to be released.
The group unveiled their plans to reissue their nine album catalogue as a new 'Companion' series, each partnered with a six-song EP. The EP's will include five re-recordings, done in the band's ARC Studios in Omaha, and one cover from an artist they found particularly influential at the time of the albums creation.
According to Conor Oberst, Bright Eyes frontman, the companions should be treated as "supplemental readings."
The announcement comes with the release of three new Companion series singles, featuring former Better Oblivion Community Center bandmate Phoebe Bridgers, and Waxahatchee; 'Falling Out of Love At This Volume,' 'Contrast and Compare,' and 'Haligh, Haligh, A Lie, Haligh.'
The first three reconfigurations will be albums A Collection of Songs Written and Recorded 1995-1997 and Letting Off The Happiness, as well as LP Fevers and Mirrors. The three releases will be made available May 27. In addition to Waxahatchee and Bridgers, their companions will feature guests M. Ward and Becky Stark, as well as covers of indie-icons the likes of Elliott Smith and Simon Joyner.
"It’s a meaningful way to connect with the past that doesn’t feel totally nostalgic and self-indulgent," said Oberst. "We are taking these songs and making them interesting to us all over again. I like that. I like a challenge. I like to be forced to do something that’s slightly hard, just to see if we can.”
The group is departing on a world tour in March, with Alex G as the supporting artist. They're playing a sold-out show at Vicar Street in Dublin on September 1.
Beginning in 1995, Bright Eyes have been on the music scene since Oberst was 15 years old, creating music with producer and multi-instrumentalist Mogis. Composer and arranger Walcott joined the outfit alongside Mogis in 2006, after the release of hugely successful album I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning in 2005.
Read Oberst's 2020 interview with Hot Press here.
Check out singles 'Falling Out of Love At This Volume,' 'Contrast and Compare,' and 'Haligh, Haligh, A Lie, Haligh' below.
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