The Bright Light Social Hour w/ Israel Nash
Escondido Creek Records, 2016
Photo by Katie Marschner
Today, we feature acclaimed Austin-based artists The Bright Light Social Hour and Israel Nash and their single, “Lupita,” from the upcoming Neighbors EP. A three-song collaboration between the artists, the Neighbors EP is set for release digitally on November 4th, 2016, to be followed by a physical release of 500 limited-edition copies on 7” vinyl on November 18th, 2016. Pre-orders are available now HERE.
Be sure to read our interview with The Bright Light Social Hour from this year’s Sloss Fest, when they first broke the silence on making Neighbors and discussed their recording process with Nash.
Featuring vocals by Israel Nash and Jack O’Brien (TBLSH), “Lupita” is the first single off of the NeighborsEP. The song narrates the story of a Mexican couple who have risked their lives in search of a better existence in the United States, only to have found the harsh realities of undocumented life to present surprising challenges of their own. The EP, a statement about the current toxic political sentiment about immigration in the United States, takes the listener on a journey from bravely leaving home in search of safety and prosperity, longing for a life left behind, to the often terrifying experience of trying to settle in a new country.
“The whole EP is about having empathy for the struggles of those around us, our neighbors – specifically our neighbors to the south in Mexico, and undocumented immigrants who make up an essential part of our communities,” states O’Brien.
Of Neighbors, Curtis Roush (TBLSH) shares, “On the Neighbors EP, we lend our voices in solidarity to those brave enough to risk their safety for a better life. We seek to celebrate the humanity of different folks struggling against a hostile environment. Our brothers and sisters around the world are our inspiration, our hope, and our neighbors.”
Israel Nash adds, “We really wanted the songs to reflect our feelings about freedom and democracy, peace, love — the beautiful things that drive away the eclipse of darkness. …Immigrants, natives, men, women, they’re just a bunch of labels that we have created. But ultimately, we are all people. Humans with hopes and dreams. We’re all the same. Let’s learn to love.”
The collaboration between Israel Nash and The Bright Light Social Hour came to fruition naturally, as the two bands often crossed paths in their home-base of Austin, as neighbors and friends. Sharing similar musical and political sentiments, the artists recorded Neighbors together by hopping between Israel Nash’s studio Plum Creek Sound and TBLSH’s Escondido Sound studio over the span of a week this summer. Swapping instruments, band members and socio-political conversation, the Neighbors EP meshes the signature sonics of both Israel Nash’s soaring vocals over Eric Swanson’s sweeping, haunting pedal steel and The Bright Light Social Hour’s driving percussion, soulful vocals and deep textures to expand the musical landscapes we’ve grown to know from both bands.
The Bright Light Social Hour is Jack O’Brien, Curtis Roush, Joseph Mirasole and Edward Braillif.
Israel Nash is Israel Nash, Eric Swanson and Joey McClellan.
About The Bright Light Social Hour
The Bright Light Social Hour are a fixture in the Austin, TX music scene, having won 6 SXSW Austin Chronicle Music Awards, performed at Austin City Limits Festival, and headlined the legendary Stubbs BBQ outdoor stage multiple times. The band’s latest output, Space is Still The Place, was released in 2015 to critical acclaim, with NPR praising the record as “… continually exhilarating.”
Touring behind SISTP saw sold-out concerts across the United States, including Austin, New York City, Brooklyn, Boston, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Francisco, and landed the band tours alongside Dr. Dog, Galactic, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. The band played their second-ever concert in Mexico City to thousands of fans on November 20, 2015.
Most recently, the band have been recording new material for a forthcoming 2017 release at Escondido Sound, their hideaway studio atop Lake Travis.
About Israel Nash
Dripping Springs, TX local Israel Nash released his most recent record, Silver Season, in the fall of 2015 to critical acclaim. Written and recorded on Nash’s 15-acre ranch where he and his band built Plum Creek Sound, a 1,400 square-foot Quonset studio. Nash opened the doors to Plum Creek Sound to the public with tremendous success during SXSW 2016. Nash hosted a day in the Texas Hill Country full of friends and great music at the first annual Live From Plum Creek Sound event, with performances from The Wild Reeds, Kirby Brown, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Bee Caves, Eric Pullido of Midlake, and T. Hardy Morris. Check out all the performances here and stay tuned for announcements regarding the 2nd annual event.
Most recently, Nash has been writing music for a new album while hitting select summer music festivals across North America. Nash’s “Rain Plans,” is also featured in the Viggo Mortensen led movie, “Captain Fantastic,” which is in select theatres nationally now and is included on the official soundtrack alongside Sigur Ros, Jonsi and covers by the spectacular ensemble cast. – Glide Magazine