Bright Eyes

Biography

While most bands signed to independent labels sporadically enjoy periods of marginal success, Bright Eyes of Saddle Creek Records has reached a level of stardom comparable to much larger acts. They have won countless awards, appeared on popular television shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and have several times enjoyed high points on various music charts. In 2004, their songs Lua and Take it Easy (Love Nothing) took the top two spots of the Billboard�s Hot 10 Single Sales chart, respectively, within two weeks of their release. Their dually released 2005 albums, I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning and Digital Ash in Digital Urn were followed by an extensive world tour, and the albums eventually reached the tenth and fifteenth spots, respectively, on the Billboard charts.

Such wild success does not greet a band arbitrarily, and front man Conor Oberst was more then willing to put the work towards developing as an artist to be reckoned with. He began working on Bright Eyes in 1997, experimenting with drum machines and keyboards in the first official album, A Collection of Songs Written and Recorded 1995-1997. The critical response to this was mixed, with a particularly harsh review coming from All Music Guide.

In a successful attempt to clean up his style, Oberst released Letting Off the Happiness in 1988. The ten tracks feature guest appearances from members of Lullaby for the Working Class, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Of Montreal. In 2000, the release of Fevers and Mirrors marked the emergence of a musically improved Oberst- cleaner recordings, complex lyrics, and a warmer critical response. And, with I�m Wide Awake, It�s Morning and Digital Ash in Digital Urn, Bright Eyes finally enjoyed time on the Billboard Charts. Each of these albums is uniquely different. While I�m Wide Awake, It�s Morning follows in the traditional folk-pop vein that Bright Eyes usually employs in their music, Digital Ash in a Digital Urn uses electronic elements to create a more sterile, unique feel. From I�m Wide Awake, It�s Morning came the hit songs Lua, At the Bottom of Everything, and First Day of My Life. From Digital Ash in a Digital Urn came Take it Easy (Love Nothing) and Easy/Lucky/Free.

Bright Eyes� most recent release, Cassadaga, has also enjoyed wide success. It features the popular tracks Hot Knives and Four Winds (which was named by Rolling Stone one of the top 100 songs of the year), and performances on its promotional tour were complimented with guest appearances by popular artists such as Norah Jones and Ben Kweller. Bright Eyes recently performed at a Barack Obama rally in Omaha on February 7th, and continue to tour and write music.

From Discogs:

Indie rock band from Omaha, Nebraska fronted by singer/songwriter Conor Oberst.

From Lastfm:

Bright Eyes is a band consisting mainly of American singer, guitarist, and songwriter Conor Oberst. Bright Eyes also features multi-instrumentalist/producer Mike Mogis, keyboard player Nate Walcott and a rotating lineup of collaborators drawn primarily from Omaha, Nebraska, and the United States' indie music scene. Having been deeply influenced early on by singer-songwriters David Dondero and Simon Joyner, Conor Oberst has been recording music since the age of 13.

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From Wikipedia:

Bright Eyes is an American indie rock band founded by singer-songwriter and guitarist Conor Oberst. It consists of Oberst, multi-instrumentalist and producer Mike Mogis, trumpet and piano player Nate Walcott, and a rotating lineup of collaborators drawn primarily from Omaha's indie music scene.

Bright Eyes is signed to Saddle Creek Records, a Nebraska-based label founded by Conor Oberst's brother Justin Oberst and Bright Eyes member Mike Mogis, and distributed by Sony Corporation. In 2004, the singles "Lua" and "Take It Easy (Love Nothing)" took the top two spots of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Sales chart within two weeks of their simultaneous release.

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