The Bright Light Social Hour’s “Missing Something” EP is the Austin, TX band’s first collection of new music in three years and is out now. Produced by the band, mixed by Spoon’s Jim Eno and mastered by Dave Cooley (M83, Wolf Alice, Blood Orange), the EP is a deeply personal collection of songs heavily influenced by the death of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jack O’Brien’s brother Alex, TBLSH’s longtime manager who struggled with bipolar disorder.
“These songs capture a very confusing and uncanny turn in our lives, Alex’s descent into sudden and severe bipolar 1 disorder as well as the end of a global epoch,” O’Brien says. “To me, the music channels the schizoid joy of your world unraveling so quickly you’ve got no choice but to pull back and enjoy your beautiful, short-circuiting self, not even worrying about making sense of it all ‘cause that’s just not possible.”
Known for their incredible live shows, TBLSH has performed at major festivals in addition to their own national and international touring, including Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits Festival. This fall, the band has already announced a handful of Texas dates, with more TBA.
“No matter how much research you put into figuring out who will be the hottest new artists of each year, another act comes into your vision with an output that absolutely blows you away. Today, that band is Austin, Texas’ The Bright Light Social Hour.”—Huffington Post