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Bright Eyes Announces Catalog ‘Companion’ Series

Bright Eyes have announced an extensive re-release/re-recording project on Dead Oceans for 2022. The revered band, who transferred their entire catalog of recordings to the Secretly Group label last year, have revealed plans to re-release all nine from their studio albums. as a “Companion” series with additional recordings created together at their ARC studios in Omaha.

The series of album reissues will be paired with the release of a Companion EP of five new recordings of songs contained in the original release as well as a cover version by an artist they found particularly inspiring at the time of release. original recording. The Companion Series gives Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and Nathaniel Walcott a chance to revisit some of their earlier material and rework it from scratch – with the occasional addition of a few talented friends. This ambitious project will see the release of 54 new recordings over the coming year.

First to receive the Companion treatment on May 27 are Bright Eyes’ first three albums – A Collection of Songs Written and Recorded 1995-1997, Letting Off The Happiness (originally released in 1998) and the now iconic 2000 LP Fevers and Mirrors.

Today’s announcement comes with the release of three new recordings from the Companion Series: “Falling Out of Love At This Volume”, “Contrast And Compare” (featuring Waxahatchee) and “Haligh, Haligh, A Lie , Haligh” (with Phoebe Bridgers).

Additionally, Bright Eyes have added more dates to their 2022 tour schedule. All dates below.

Bright Eyes began in 1995 as a recording nickname for then 15-year-old Conor Oberst’s work with producer/multi-instrumentalist Mike Mogis. Mogis and composer/arranger/multi-instrumentalist Nathaniel Walcott became full members in 2006. Over the past 23 years, the impact and influence of music has been significant; Bright Eyes songs have been covered by dozens of artists including Lorde, The Killers, Mac Miller, Dave Rawlings & Gillian Welch, Phoebe Bridgers, Snow Patrol, Jason Mraz and beabadoobee.

For a group that has often been seen as an outlier, the depth, breadth and impact of the Bright Eyes canon is remarkable. Over the past two decades and counting, as Bright Eyes have released one time capsule album after another – urgent dispatches from transcendent and fleeting times in our collective lives – they have also simultaneously assembled a robust discography , mature and narratively coherent.

“It’s a meaningful way to connect with the past that doesn’t feel totally nostalgic and indulgent,” says Conor Oberst of the ambitious series. “We take these songs and make them interesting for us again. I like it. I like the challenges. I like being forced to do something a little difficult, just to see if we can.”

It was the desire to celebrate this sonic bounty that first excited Oberst and the band to the idea of ​​full-length reissues. But it wouldn’t be a Bright Eyes project if a moment spent appreciating the past wasn’t transformed into an opportunity to connect with the future. That’s where the nine companion EPs come in. Or, as Oberst puts it, “the extra reading” for master reissues: a six-track EP per reissued album, each containing five reworked songs from that album.

“My thing was they had to sound different from the originals, we had to play with them in a substantial way.” Plus a cover that sounded “from the era” this particular album was made in – a song that meant something to the band at the time. To help bring the EPs to life in the fullest way, Bright Eyes enlisted some old friends; for the first batch of releases, guest stars are Waxahatchee, Phoebe Bridgers, Mr. Ward and Becky Stark (of Lavender Diamond).

Tour dates

03-23 ​​St. Paul, MN – Palace Theater

03-24 Milwaukee, WI – The Riverside Theater

03-25 Madison, WI – La Sylvee

03-26 Chicago, Illinois – Chicago Theater

03-27 Detroit, MI – The Cathedral Theater at the Masonic

03-29 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room

03-30 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant

03-31 Louisville, KY – Paris City Hall

04-01 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium

04-02 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater

04-03 Columbus, OH – Express Live!

04-05 Pittsburgh, PA – Internship AE

04-06 Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theater

04-07 Boston, MA – Roadrunner

04-08 Philadelphia, PA – The Met

04-09 Washington, DC – The Anthem

04-10 Norfolk, Virginia – La NorVa

05-19 Oklahoma City, OK – The Jones Assembly

05-20 Dallas, TX – The Deep Ellum Plant

05-21 Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater

05-22 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall Lawn

05-23 New Orleans, LA – Orpheum Theater

05-25 Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall

05-26 Orlando, Florida – Hard Rock Live

05-27 Miami Beach, FL – Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater

05-28 St Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheater

05-29 Atlanta, Georgia – East

05-31 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte

06-01 Cincinatti, OH – Brady Music Center*

06-02 Richmond, VA-Brown’s Island*

06-03 Ashbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summerstage*

06-04 New Haven, Connecticut – College Street Music Hall*

06-05 Lafayette, NY – Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards*

06-15 Boise, ID – Knitting Mill

06-16 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory

06-17 Seattle, Washington – Paramount Theater

06-18 Troutdale, OR – McMenamin’s Edgefield Amphitheater

06-20 San Francisco, CA – The Masonic

06-23 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theater

06-24 San Diego, CA – Soma

06-25 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren

06-28 Salt Lake City, UT – The Union

06-30 Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom

07-01 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater

07-02 Omaha, NE – The Admiral

07-03 Omaha, NE – The Admiral

08-12 Oslo, Norway – Øyafestivalen 2022

08-14 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega

08-16 Hamburg, Germany – Fabrik

08-17 Prague, Czech Republic – Lucerna Music Bar

08-19 Berlin, Germany – Tempodrom

08-20 Frankfurt, Germany – Batschkapp

08-22 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso

08-23 Cologne, Germany – Carlswerk Victoria

08-25 Vienna, Austria – Arena Open Air

08-26 Munich, Germany – Muffathalle

08-27 Zurich, Switzerland – X-Tra

08-30 London, England – Eventim Apollo

08-31 Manchester, England – O2 Apollo

09-01 Dublin, Ireland – Vicar Street

09-05 Birmingham, England – O2 Institute Birmingham

09-06 Glasgow, Scotland – Barrowland

* Alex G supporting