Last week Bright Eyes were announced as additions to the bill for Planned Parenthood’s upcoming "Village Of Love" Virtual Fundraising Festival on October 25. Today, the beloved band have unveiled a brand new song - “Miracle Of Life” - released in partnership with the 7-Inches for Planned Parenthood Collective with all proceeds from sales, streaming and syncs to go to Planned Parenthood. The track is available today exclusively via Bandcamp for $1 download and will be available on all streaming platforms from October 28th.
Says Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst of the track, “This song should not exist in 2020 America. It is a protest song, I guess. Or maybe just a little story about what was, what still is in many parts of the world and what could be again here in this country if the GOP is successful in reshaping the Supreme Court and rolling back all of the hard fought progress made for reproductive rights in the last fifty years. Hopefully, if we all work together and vote, it will make this song sound as irrelevant and outdated as it should."
This recording features Bright Eyes members Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis, and Nathaniel Walcott, as well as Phoebe Bridgers, Jon Theodore, and Flea.
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Bright Eyes' long-awaited tenth studio album and first record since 2011, Down in the Weeds Where the World Once Was, will be released via Dead Oceans on August 21st.
Today's announcement comes alongside brand new single "Mariana Trench," which rattles with anxiety, its epic sprawl exploding with a forward-chugging momentum of syncopated brass. Along with a mesmerizing, hand-painted animated video, "Mariana Trench" will premiere shortly at 9:30am Eastern.
Watch the official premiere page here
As a title, as a thesis, Down In The Weeds, Where the World Once Was functions on a global, apocalyptic level of anxiety that looms throughout the record. But on a personal level, it speaks to rooting around in the dirt of one’s memories, trying to find the preciousness that’s overgrown and unrecognizable. For Conor Oberst, coming back to Bright Eyes was a bit of that. A symbol of simpler times, vaguely nostalgic. And even though it wasn’t actually possible to go back to the way things were, even though there wasn’t an easy happy ending, there was a new reality left to work with.
Dead Oceans is offering exclusive standard and deluxe bundles to pre-order on the Secretly Store, which include Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was 2xLP on limited transparent red & transparent orange vinyl, "Persona Non Grata" b/w "Flirted With You All My Life" 7” on limited transparent orange with opaque red splatter, and various other exclusive items.
All 2xLP variants feature a two-inch die cut hole through the entire package revealing the LPs from both sides. Side D contains an animated phenakistoscope etching by Drew Tetz and a four-panel lyric booklet.
Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was track list:
Regretfully, we have to postpone or cancel our 2020 European tour dates. Most tour dates have been rescheduled for the same time period in 2021 and we very much look forward to seeing you then. Existing tickets for rescheduled shows remain valid for the new dates.
If you can’t make the new date, please check at your point of purchase for a refund.
xo, Team Bright Eyes
RESCHEDULED EU/UK TOUR 2021
Thank you for your patience. Regretfully, yet predictably, we have had to re-think many of our upcoming tour dates. We hope to be in a better position to gather and celebrate at a later date. A European tour update will follow soon.
Existing tickets are valid for rescheduled and postponed dates.
Refunds are available for all shows - cancelled or not. Refund policies for rescheduled and postponed shows vary, but refunds will be offered for at least 30 days beginning May 1. Please enquire at the point of purchase about refunds.
Take care of yourselves. Take care of each other. Hope to see you on the road.
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Dear Bright Eyes Concert Ticket Holders
Thank you for your patience as we sort out our revised touring plans for 2020. We are working hard to get you an update and will have some news as soon as possible. With so much uncertainty right now, we are trying to take careful steps to get it right. Please bear with us a little longer, we’ll have something to report in the near future. Thinking about you and yours. - Team Bright Eyes
Hello friends, Strange days indeed. Just wanted to send our love and solidarity to everyone out there feeling alone, frightened and isolated. You are not alone. We are all in this together. We, like so many others, had many plans for 2020. We will be releasing a new album this year no matter what. We also have lots of touring plans which we are now reassessing. We will keep you informed as things progress. We very much want to get on the road and hope to see you all in person sooner rather than later. Until then, here is a song called Persona Non Grata. We hope you like it. It was hard to decide which song to share first because they are all quite different, but but one seemeed as good of a place as any to start. And it has bagpipes! Which is a first for us. We hope this finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe. Thinking of you fondly. Your pals, Conor, Mike, and Nate.
After a 9 year hiatus, Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and Nathaniel Walcott have re-grouped to record and tour in 2020. In 2019, the trio returned to the studio to quietly begin work on new material -- and late 2019 marked the band's signing to indie label Dead Oceans.
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