THE BRIGHT LIGHT SOCIAL HOUR & ISRAEL NASH
RELEASE VISUALIZER VIDEO FOR
EP OUT NOW
Acclaimed Austin-based artists The Bright Light Social Hour and Israel Nash have released a visualizer video to accompany their three-song collaborative EP, Neighbors. Jack O’Brien (TBLSH) describes the process of creating the trippy visuals, “[Artist}] Ryan Padgett actually took some of the pieces of artwork from the EP and invented this scene where you have this vibe of flying over it. It’s just something to drop you into the floating downstream state of mind while you listen to the songs.”
The bands released the EP both digitally and on a limited edition run of 500 copies 7” vinyl, available for purchase here. 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 NeighborsEP 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.
In conversation with The Austin Chronicle, Nash described the collaboration process, “It was organic. I haven’t done a lot of collaboration and the Bright Light guys hadn’t either, so there was that fear of not knowing what people expect of you… Most of the writing was done collectively and it was great to share that experience with them. The beauty of people coming together, whether it’s music or something else, is that progression happens and ideas happen, and people move forward together”
Jack states, “The original plan was just to release a split 7-inch – one Israel song, one Bright Light song – and not really collaborate, but then we decided to get together and see what happened. After the idea that became “Lupita,” we knew we had to do more than one song, so it turned into a three-song EP. Pretty immediately we were feeling that fresh excitement. The four of us in the Bright Light Social Hour are very protective of our little circle, but working with Israel proved to be supernatural.”
The Bright Light Social Hour is Jack O’Brien, Curtis Roush, Joseph Mirasole and Edward Braillif.
Israel Nash is Israel Nash, Aaron McClellan, Joey McClellan, Eric Swanson and Joshua Fleischmann.
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 has been recording new material for a forthcoming 2017 release at Escondido Sound, their hideaway studio atop Lake Travis.
The Bright Light Social Hour will be at the Moody Theatre at ACL Live in Austin, TX on Thursday, December 15th. Tickets are available now.
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 busy writing music for a new album while recording artists at his studio, Plum Creek Sound. Nash’s “Rain Plans,” is also featured in the Viggo Mortensen led movie, “Captain Fantastic,” which is in select theaters nationally now and is included on the official soundtrack alongside Sigur Ros, Jonsi, and covers by the spectacular ensemble cast.