Bright Light Social Hour / The Monarchs


  • Categories: Rock
  • Event posted: Aug. 28, 2012
  • Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014

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The Bright Light Social Hour is an American rock band from Austin, Texas. Born out of a university art-rock collective, The Bright Light Social Hour has evolved into an unabashedly wide-screen rock group, melding fists-up rock and roll with muscular funk, soul, and psychedelia. The band recently swept the 29th Annual Austin Music Awards during SXSW 2011 with an unprecedented 6 wins, including Band of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year ("Detroit").

The Central Texas-raised young men of The Bri ght Light Social Hour have built their growing reputation through exhilarating widely-acclaimed live shows. In culmination of their studied development, the band released their debut full-length album in late 2010, simply titled "The Bright Light Social Hour". Recorded in five studios around Austin during summer 2010, the album is founded on sun-drenched optimism, raucous youth, and an innovative brew of American music of varying types - hard rock and roll, indie, rhythm and blues, dance and soul. Producer Danny Reisch of Good Danny's utilized the best elements of vintage and modern recording to achieve a sound both forward-looking and evocative of 1970s hi-fi.

The first track, "Shanty," pairs southern rock with hard disco, featuring the searing slide licks of guitarist Curtis Roush. Following the lean, exuberant stomp of "Bare Hands Bare Feet," the band settles into the dark psychedelic-funk of "La Piedra De La Iguana," led by keyboardist A.J. Vincent's dusky vocal and Farfisa organ work. Throughout the middle of the record, the solemn rhythm and blues of "Detroit" is juxtaposed with "Back And Forth," a four-on-the-floor disco-funk romp. On "Garden Of The Gods," the album's penultimate 10-minute epic, the band evolves from stately ballroom Americana to an expansive, ensemble anthem, conjuring up their limber and unrelenting live sets. The fiery "Rhubarb Jam" closes out the record, featuring the agile, booming funk of bassist Jack O'Brien and drummer Joseph Mirasole.

The Bright Light Social Hour have also just released "New Year's Live," a 4-track live EP recorded during their sold-out set at The Parish Austin on New Year's 2011. Re-teaming with producer/engineer Danny Reisch, "New Year's Live" marks the first audio recording to capture the band's raw live energy, consummated with masterfully directed live video by Hussain Pirani.

The Bright Light Social Hour will continue touring nationwide in support of their debut album and live EP through 2012. Replete with their vital sound, deep brotherhood, and ever-growing facial hair, the band is steadfast in their singular aim - enduring rock and roll.

Hailing from Kansas City comes an eclectic organic sound manifesting in form of a power trio. As one reviewer of The Monarchs first full length album put it, which flew its way on to the internet March 12, 2012, "... a Psychedelic twist and turn through vintage riffs and tones, driving drumbeats, and sexy writhing melodies." The Monarchs play in an ambitious, intuitive, and improvisational manner. They bring their sound creations to life by pushing each new moment into their art.

With a smorgasbord of influences, The Monarchs forge a melting pot of genres together which range from the phrasing of jazz and blues to the pure raw passion of grunge. With every instrument wielding its own hook while simultaneously building a cohesive piece of art with ambient overtones. The Monarchs work as one natural collective conscious that can break into a jam at will then seamlessly slip back in to a established piece.

With a bassist and drummer that have been best friends since they were 4 and a guitarist/vocalist that has known the other two for less time but the band still feels as if they have known each other for life. The Monarchs are a true band of brothers. With the cohesion gives way to a tight wave of spiritual and physical energy that reveals itself in The Monarchs live performance that only a band with such a tight pact can possess.


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