The Bright Light Social Hour: “Infinite Cities”
Last year, local favorites the Bright Light Social Hour rocked out the space that would become Studio 1A as it was still under construction. Fast forward a few months later: KUT’s Studio 1A is up and running, and we invited Bright Light back to kick it off in style.
The band has become one of the bigger acts on the Austin scene largely on the back of one album. But what an album it is: the group’s 2010 self-titled debut swept up six awards at the 2011 Austin Music Awards, including “Band of the Year,” “Album of the Year,” and “Song of the Year.” The record is a potent mixture of genres–funk, soul, blues, and psychedelic rock–but what sets Bright Light apart is its ability to put its own personal stamp on sounds that interwoven into the very fabric of the Austin sound. The band might be local, but they’re thinking outside the city limits.
Since that debut, fans have only had a live EP to tide them over, but Bright Light is hard at work on album number two. Last week, KUT packed a sizable audience into its new Studio 1A, and they were treated to a memorable performance. Bright Light tried out a number of new songs to the crowd’s delight, showing off a new dance-influenced side that pairs well with their hard-rock boogie. “Infinite Cities” ably demonstrates this fact; it proves the Bright Light Social Hour will be on everybody’s lips for years to come.
Below, you can also watch the band performing “Bare Hands Bare Feet” during the first official Studio 1A session, and listen to the entire session here.