Bright Eyes Announce Catalog ‘Companion’ Series
A Collection of Songs Written and Recorded 1995-1997: A Companion, Letting Off The Happiness: A Companion and Fevers and Mirrors: A Companion To Be Released May 27th On Dead Oceans;
Companion EPs Include Featured Guests Phoebe Bridgers, Waxahatchee, M.Ward & Lavender Diamond’s Becky Stark
Extensive Tour Dates Announced Including Long-Awaited West Coast Shows
(photo credit: Shawn Brackbill)
Bright Eyes have announced an extensive reissue / re-recording project on Dead Oceans for 2022. The revered band, who moved their entire recording catalog over to the Secretly Group label last year, have unveiled plans to re-issue all nine of their studio albums as a ‘Companion’ series with additional recordings created together at their ARC Studios in Omaha. The album reissue series will be partnered with the release of a Companion EP of five new recordings of songs contained on the original release plus a cover version from an artist they found particularly inspiring at the time of the original recording. The Companion series gives Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and Nathaniel Walcott a chance to revisit some of their earlier material and re-work it entirely - with the occasional addition of some talented friends. This ambitious project will see the release of 54 new recordings over the coming year.
First to receive the Companion treatment on May 27th are Bright Eyes’ first three albums - A Collection of Songs Written and Recorded 1995-1997, Letting Off The Happiness (initially released in 1998) and the now iconic 2000 LP Fevers and Mirrors.
Today’s announcement comes with the release of three new Companion series recordings: "Falling Out of Love At This Volume," "Contrast And Compare" (feat. Waxahatchee) and "Haligh, Haligh, A Lie, Haligh" (feat. Phoebe Bridgers).
In addition, Bright Eyes have added more dates to their 2022 touring schedule. All dates below.
Bright Eyes began in 1995 as a recording moniker for a then 15-year old Conor Oberst’s work with producer/multi-instrumentalist Mike Mogis. Mogis and composer/ arranger/ multi-instrumentalist Nathaniel Walcott became fully fledged members in 2006. Over the course of 23 years the music’s impact and influence has been significant; Bright Eyes’ songs have been covered by dozens of artists, including Lorde, The Killers, Mac Miller, Dave Rawlings & Gillian Welch, Phoebe Bridgers, Snow Patrol, Jason Mraz and beabadoobee. For a band that’s often been perceived as an outlier, the depth, breadth, and impact of the Bright Eyes canon is remarkable. Over the last two-plus decades, as Bright Eyes has released one after another time capsule LP’s – urgent dispatches from transcendent, fleeting eras of our collective lives – they’ve also simultaneously been assembling a robust, mature, narratively cohesive discography.
“It’s a meaningful way to connect with the past that doesn’t feel totally nostalgic and self-indulgent,” says Conor Oberst of the ambitious series. “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.”
It’s the desire to celebrate that sonic bounty that first got Oberst and the band excited about the idea of comprehensive reissues. But this wouldn’t be a Bright Eyes project if a moment devoted to appreciating the past weren’t turned into an opportunity to connect with the future. That’s where the nine companion EPs come in. Or as Oberst puts it, “the supplemental reading” for the primary reissues: One six-track EP per reissued album, each featuring five reworked songs from that album. “My thing was they had to sound different from the originals, we had to mess with them in a substantial way.” Plus one cover that felt “of the era” in which that particular album was made – a song that meant something to the band at the time. To help the EPs come alive in the fullest way, Bright Eyes called in some old friends; for the first batch of releases the featured guests are Waxahatchee, Phoebe Bridgers, M. Ward and Becky Stark (of Lavender Diamond).
Tracklists for Companion EPs (new recordings):
A Collection of Songs Written and Recorded 1995-1997: A Companion
1) “Driving Fast Through A Big City At Night”
2) “Solid Jackson”
3) “A Celebration Upon Completion”
4) “Falling Out of Love At This Volume”
5) “Exaltation On A Cool Kitchen Floor”
6) “Double Joe” (Simon Joyner cover)
Letting Off The Happiness: A Companion
1) “The Difference In The Shades”
2) “The City Has Sex (feat. Waxahatchee)”
3) “Contrast And Compare (feat. Waxahatchee)”
4) “Kathy With A K’s Song (feat. M Ward)”
5) “St. Ides Heaven (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)” (Elliott Smith cover)
6) “June On The West Coast (feat. Becky Stark)”
Fevers and Mirrors: A Companion:
1) “Haligh, Haligh, A Lie, Haligh (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)”
2) “A Scale, A Mirror, And Those Indifferent Clocks (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)”
4) “Hypnotist (Song for Daniel H)” (Lullaby For The Working Class cover)
5) “When The Curious Girl Realizes She Is Under Glass (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)”
6) “A Spindle, A Darkness, A Fever, And A Necklace (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)”
Tracklists for Album Reissues:
A Collection of Songs Written and Recorded 1995-1997:
1) “The Invisible Gardener”
2) “Patient Hope In New Snow”
3) “Saturday As Usual”
4) “Falling Out of Love At This Volume”
5) “Exaltation On A Cool Kitchen Floor”
6) “The Awful Sweetness Of Escaping Sweat”
7) “Puella Quam Amo Est Pulchra”
8) “Driving Fast Through A Big City At Night”
9) “How Many Lights Do You See?”
10) “I Watched You Taking Off”
11) “A Celebration Upon Completion”
12) “Emily, Sing Something Sweet”
13) “All Of The Truth”
14) “One Straw”
16) “A Few Minutes On Friday”
18) “Solid Jackson
19) “Feb. 15th”
20) “The 'Feel Good' Revolution”
Letting Off The Happiness:
1) “If Winter Ends”
2) “Padraic My Prince”
3) “Contrast And Compare”
4) “The City Has Sex”
5) “The Difference In The Shades”
7) “June On The West Coast”
8) “Pull My Hair”
9) “A Poetic Retelling Of An Unfortunate Seduction”
10) “Tereza And Tomas”
Fevers and Mirrors:
1) “A Spindle, A Darkness, A Fever, And A Necklace”
2) “A Scale, A Mirror, And Those Indifferent Clocks”
3) “The Calendar Hung Itself…”
4) “Something Vague”
5) “The Movement Of A Hand”
7) “When The Curious Girl Realizes She Is Under Glass”
8) “Haligh, Haligh, A Lie, Haligh”
9) “The Center Of The World”
10) “Sunrise, Sunset”
11) “An Attempt To Tip The Scales”
12) “A Song To Pass The Time”
03-23 St. Paul, MN - Palace Theatre
03-24 Milwaukee, WI - The Riverside Theater
03-25 Madison, WI - The Sylvee
03-26 Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
03-27 Detroit, MI - The Cathedral Theatre at the Masonic
03-29 Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room
03-30 St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
03-31 Louisville, KY - Paristown Hall
04-01 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
04-02 Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre
04-03 Columbus, OH - Express Live!
04-05 Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
04-06 Port Chester, NY - Capitol Theatre
04-07 Boston, MA - Roadrunner
04-08 Philadelphia, PA - The Met
04-09 Washington, D.C. - The Anthem
04-10 Norfolk, VA - The NorVa
05-19 Oklahoma City, OK - The Jones Assembly
05-20 Dallas, TX - The Factory in Deep Ellum
05-21 Austin, TX - ACL Live at the Moody Theater
05-22 Houston, TX - The Lawn at White Oak Music Hall
05-23 New Orleans, LA - Orpheum Theater
05-25 Charleston, SC - Charleston Music Hall
05-26 Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
05-27 Miami Beach, FL - Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater
05-28 St Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre
05-29 Atlanta, GA - The Eastern
05-31 Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Charlotte
06-01 Cincinatti, OH - Brady Music Center *
06-02 Richmond, VA - Brown's Island *
06-03 Ashbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony Summerstage *
06-04 New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall *
06-05 Lafayette, NY - Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards *
06-15 Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
06-16 Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
06-17 Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
06-18 Troutdale, OR - McMenamin's Edgefield Amphitheatre
06-20 San Francisco, CA - The Masonic
06-23 Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
06-24 San Diego, CA - Soma
06-25 Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren
06-28 Salt Lake City, UT - The Union
06-30 Denver, CO - The Mission Ballroom
07-01 Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater
07-02 Omaha, NE - The Admiral
07-03 Omaha, NE - The Admiral
08-12 Oslo, Norway - Øyafestivalen 2022
08-14 Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
08-16 Hamburg, Germany - Fabrik
08-17 Prague, Czech Republic - Lucerna Music Bar
08-19 Berlin, Germany - Tempodrom
08-20 Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp
08-22 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
08-23 Cologne, Germany - Carlswerk Victoria
08-25 Vienna, Austria - Arena Open Air
08-26 Munich, Germany - Muffathalle
08-27 Zurich, Switzerland - X-Tra
08-30 London, England - Eventim Apollo
08-31 Manchester, England - O2 Apollo
09-01 Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
09-05 Birmingham, England - O2 Institute Birmingham
09-06 Glasgow, Scotland - Barrowland
* Alex G supporting
(photo credit: Rob Walters)
Bright Eyes Announce 2022 Live Shows
Having returned to live shows for the first time in over a decade this past summer, Bright Eyes are prepared to hit the road again. The beloved band have announced a run of US shows beginning in St. Paul, Minnesota on March 23rd. For the tour, Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and Nathaniel Walcott are partnering with Plus1 so that $1 from every ticket sold will go to the Downtown Women’s Center in Los Angeles. Tickets are on sale Friday, December 10th 10am Local Time - available via www.thisisbrighteyes.com
The tour will be a continuation of shows performing songs from their most recent album, Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was, as well as selections from across their catalog. The album, considered a ‘reunion’ of sorts following a nine year hiatus for the trio, was released on Dead Oceans in August 2020 to international acclaim. Bright Eyes most recent release was a cover of Vic Chestnutt’s “Flirted With You All My Life” in February with special catalog reissues coming via Dead Oceans in 2022.
DATE / CITY / VENUE
Wed Mar 23 – St. Paul, MN – Palace Theatre
Thu Mar 24 – Milwaukee, WI – The Riverside Theater
Fri Mar 25 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee
Sat Mar 26 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
Wed Mar 30 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
Thu Mar 31 – Louisville, KY – Paristown Hall
Fri Apr 1 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
Sun Apr 3 – Columbus, OH – Express Live!
Tue Apr 5 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Thu Apr 7 – Boston, MA – Roadrunner
Fri Apr 8 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met
Sat Apr 9 – Washington, DC – The Anthem
Sun Apr 10 - Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
Bright Eyes Announce More Live Shows For 2021
Lucy Dacus, Japanese Breakfast & Waxahatchee Join For First Gigs Since 2011
Bright Eyes have added eight dates to their Summer tour schedule. The beloved band will play their first shows since 2011 in support of their most recent album, Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was. The album, considered a ‘reunion’ of sorts following a nine year hiatus for the trio, was released on Dead Oceans in August 2020 to international acclaim. Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and Nathaniel Walcott haven’t played a full show together since wrapping the tour for The People’s Key in Honolulu in November 2011. They were the musical guests on several late night TV shows last summer, recording at their Omaha studio for quarantine performances, their longest set being for NPR’s Tiny Desk. The 2021 live band will include Down in the Weeds contributors Jon Theodore (drums), Macey Taylor (bass) and Miwi LaLupa (guitar/vocals), along with a chamber orchestra. Support comes from Lucy Dacus (all shows) plus Japanese Breakfast (New Haven, CT) and Waxahatchee (Forest Hills Tennis Stadium). Tickets on sale from Friday June 11th - available via www.thisisbrighteyes.com/tour
Bright Eyes most recent release was a cover of Vic Chestnutt’s “Flirted With You All My Life” in February.
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.
MAY 14 SPOKANE WA / KNITTING FACTORY • MAY 15 BOISE ID / KNITTING FACTORY • MAY 16 TACOMA WA / TEMPLE THEATER MAY 18 SONOMA CA / GUNDLACH BUNDSCHU • MAY 19 SANTA CRUZ CA / CIVIC CENTER • MAY 21 22 23 LOS ANGELES CA / HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM MAY 24 SANTA BARBARA CA / SANTA BARBARA BOWL • JUN 13 LAFAYETTE NY / BEAK AND SKIFF • JUN 14 LEWISTON NY / ART PARK JUN 17 BURLINGTON VT / SHELBURNE MUSUEM
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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