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30May
THE BRIGHT LIGHT SOCIAL HOUR
8:00 PM - 11:59 PM Rickshaw Stop
Date: May 30, 2019 to May 30, 2019
Where: Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell Street, San Francisco, California, United States, 94102
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with SWIMM, FayRoy
From great tragedy comes great art. Or, at least, thats the hope. In creating their new albums, Jude Vol. I and Jude Vol. II, The Bright Light Social Hour found making music to be a healing, cathartic process after the band was deeply shaken by grief. In 2015, around the release of the Austin groups second album Space Is Still The Place, Jackies brother Alex, the bands manager of four years, was deep in the delusional throes of severe and sudden bipolar 1 disorder. It was a time of immense stress and intensity for the musicians, who began writing songs for a new album in their home studio on Lake Travis as Alex spiraled. The songs took a turn when Alex took his own life on the shore of the lake, witnessed in its aftermath by Jackie. It was a terrible thing, but it was also the most beautiful thing Ive ever experienced and probably will ever experience, Jackie says. This was all happening as we started the record. Not all the songs are about Alex, but I think even the ones that arent all have a bittersweet mix of overwhelming beauty and terrible loss. The music deals with the ripples it caused in all of our lives, especially in our relationships, with an underlying theme of trying to wrap our heads around all of this.The contiguous albums, titled after Alexs middle name, are about what it means to lose someone and then be left to pick up the pieces. Theyre about relationships and politics and confronting your own emotions head on. Because of these intense thematic cores, the musicians searched for a more streamlined way to express themselves in song. Where Space Is Still The Place is cloudy and filled with distortion, Jude Vol. I and Jude Vol. II seek clarity and clean, bold lines amidst the haze. There are elements of shoegaze, drawn from bands like My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive, as well as Krautrock and New Wave, resulting in dreamy textures with distinct articulations of emotion right beneath the surface.
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