Austin psychedelic band The Bright Light Social Hour today announced the release of Missing Something, an EP marking their first collection of new music in three years. Produced by the band, mixed by Spoon’s Jim Eno, and mastered by Dave Cooley (J Dilla, Wolf Alice, Blood Orange, M83), Missing Something will be released on Friday, September 28 through Modern Outsider Records.
A limited edition version of the translucent pink vinyl album (pressed at Austin’s Gold Rush Vinyl) featuring a hand printed sleeve by Austin’s Fine Southern Gentlemen is available by pre-order only here.
A deeply personal collection of songs, Missing Something was heavily influenced by the death of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jackie O’Brien’s brother, Alex, the band’s longtime manager who struggled with bipolar disorder.
“These songs capture a very confusing and uncanny turn in our lives, Alex's decent into sudden and severe bipolar 1 disorder as well as the end of a global epoch,” said Jackie. “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.”
The Austin Chronicle premiered the first video today for the song “Trip With Lola,” calling the video “a mellow, psychedelic riff on The Frog Prince fairy tale…”
Stream "Trip With Lola" and pre-order the standard version of the Missing Something EP vinyl here.
Known for their incredible live shows, The Bright Light Social Hour 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 announced a handful of Texas dates.
In celebration of the release of “Trip With Lola,” Austin’s Pinthouse Pizza has brewed the “Bright Light Social Hour” American Pale Ale (4.8% ABV), a hoppy pale ale. Brewed to match the vibes of The Bright Light Social Hour’s musical style, the beer is silky smooth with a clean finish. A hefty dose of Mosaic hops paired alongside Amarillo and El Dorado composed a pleasant, approachable and low bitterness fruity hop character. With notes of berry, grapefruit and melon, this beer embodies all that is smooth and dank. The beer will be tapped at Pinthouse’s pub on South Lamar in Austin at a special EP release event on Friday, September 28. For more details regarding the event, please visit Pinthouse Pizza’s South Lamar Facebook events page.
09.13 Laredo, TX - Ethos Live
09.14 San Marcos, TX - The Marc
09.20 Marfa, TX - The Lost Horse
09.22 Corpus Christi, TX - Otrafest
09.23 Austin, TX - Cheer Up Charlies
09.30 Austin, TX - Cheer Up Charlies
10.5 Houston, TX - The Heights Theater
10.6 Dallas, TX - The Kessler Theater