Bare City:
The Bright Light Social Hour Takes Manhattan

Words by Audra TracyAustin, TX

If you’re from the almighty Austin, TX, you already know about The Bright Light Social Hour’s amazing live shows, or how they were voted Band of the Year at SXSW in 2011. Everybody there knows, including our lovely staff writer Sandy Castoro, who likened the group’s 2010 album release party to a ‘constant head rush of energy’.

Even us jaded East Coasters crave a ‘hard disco’ dance party on a random Wednesday night, and that’s why this four piece is in New York this week – to shred and stomp their way into our cold Manhattan hearts.

So hydrate up and powder your bottoms – because it’s going to be a rager when they headline the Bowery Ballroom on August 8th, with Black Taxi and echosuite playing in support. If you’re feeling limber, score some tickets here, and heed the advice of Jack O’Brien (bass/vocals), who tipped us off on how to best prepare for The Bright Light Social Hour experience:

If you had an unlimited touring budget, what kind of flair would you add to the BLSH live music experience?

O’Brien: In space.

We love your song ‘Bare Hands Bare Feet’. If BLSH really built a city like you propose in the tune, what would it be called?

O’Brien: Bare City.

After NYC, Austin is probably our second favorite city in the whole U.S. of A. Tell us the three greatest perks about living in our country’s live music capital.

O’Brien: BBQ, Tex-Mex, Barton Springs. It’s a fast-growing city that attracts a lot of young, ambitious creatives.

What’s the most intimidating thing about performing in NYC?

O’Brien: Parking!

How should New Yorkers dress for your show at Bowery Ballroom, and what do you recommend they drink during your set?

O’Brien: Nothing but dance shoes. Rye whiskey and booty sweat.

How many mustaches does it take to screw in a light-bulb?

O’Brien: Americans can do a lot of things. We can break Olympic records, we can put an SUV on Mars, but no amount of mustaches can screw in a light-bulb.


Photo Credit: Pooneh Ghana | Bare City