By Bert Connelly
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
So sometimes I blog so hard that this sh*t cray, but other times I like to take a step back and reﬂect on the vibrant music scene that embodies Beloit College. This entry of my pseudo-blog features an interview with tonight’s musical guest. The Bright Light Social Club will be playing at C-Haus tonight at 11:30 p.m. The Texas based band formed out of Southwestern University around seven years ago. In April, the band won six Austin Music Awards, which is a part of the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music festival. I had the
opportunity to talk to the band yesterday and this happened.
Round Table: How has the tour been going?
The Bright Light Social Hour: Really good! We just started on Friday, so we are still on the ﬁrst leg. But so far it has been really awesome. We’ve had the opportunity to see some new places. We were just in Kansas City and Oklahoma City before that so, it’s been great so far.
RT: How are you liking the Midwest?
BLSH: We’re loving it! Especially the break from the heat because it was well over 100 for
something like 80 days in a row in Austin and it’s nice and cool here.
RT: Yeah and from what I’ve seen you guys like to rage pretty hard during your shows, so I imagine that must be taxing.
BLSH: Oh yeah! We played a few weeks ago in 112-degree heat in Austin. It was ridiculous.
RT: Sick. I think I saw some footage of that on your website. Are all of your shows like that? Or does it depend on the crowd?
BLSH: You know it depends a lot on the crowd. That was kind of just a daytime city, kind of festival.
RT: Ok so a little change of pace. For someone just checking out the band now, what songs would you say are the best introduction into Bright Light Social Hour’s catalogue?
BLSH: Sh*t, that’s hard to say. “Detroit” and “Back and Forth” are the ones that people remember the most. “Shanty” encompasses all of the diﬀerent inﬂuences that we draw from and bring to the table, all in one song.
RT: That’s my favorite cut oﬀ the album.
BLSH: Right on.
RT: Ok so two part question; you just mentioned your inﬂuences, who do you always cite as inﬂuences? And, who have you been feeling as of late?
BLSH: We listen to a lot of classic rock, funk, Motown soul…
RT: Right, well obviously that comes through in the music, but I’m more interested in some name- dropping. Give me some band names.
BLSH: Led Zeppelin, the Allman Brothers, Sly & the Family Stone, James Brown, Daft Punk and kind of a lot of dance music. Lately, we’ve been listening to a lot of metal and chill-wave stuﬀ. So, let’s see, from Mastodon and Black Sabbath to Toro y Moi. Some of out newer music has a darker feel to it. We’ve been spinning the new Wilco album a bunch. It’s super good.
RT: I got a chance to see Toro y Moi over the summer, they put on a great show.
BLSH: Tight, we are going to be playing with them at a festival in Cincinnati next weekend.
RT: Oh, no way! You mentioned new music, is there any kind of timetable for that?
BLSH: Man, not really. We are kind of focused on this album and just trying to tour and spread it around. We are going to be on tour for the better part of the next six months. We just want to put on the best show we can every time we go on stage.
RT: Word. Where have you guys received the best reception?
BLSH: Like, with our cell phones? Just kidding. We got a lot of love in Tampa, Miami, New York and Chicago.
RT: Can you talk about your facial hair for just a minute?
BLSH: Yeah, I don’t know. I’ve just been wearing a mustache for a while and we heard about these campaigns that bands were doing to raise money to help record their albums and we decided to put the mustache in charge and it worked out great.
RT: Can we expect the mustache to be making any more appearances in other social media outlets?
BLSH: Hell, the site is still up and stilling bringing in money. If someone wants to donate a bunch of money I’ll shave it oﬀ and give it to him
or her I guess.
RT: Haha, ok well thanks for talking to me.
BLSH: No problem, thanks for interviewing us. We’re pumped to come to Beloit.
Be sure to check out Bright Light Social Hour’s music on Facebook or on their own website. I told them that we would get a good crowd out for them, so make sure I didn’t lie.
Check out The Bright Light Social Hour Friday September 16th at C Haus at 11:30 p.m.
Visit http://www.thebrightlightsocialhour.com/ and jacksmoustache.com for more
information or to check out their album.