Listen: The Bright Light Social Hour announces new album, share lead single, ‘Lie To Me (Große Lüge)’
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The Texas-based psychedelic rock band known as The Bright Light Social Hour are spending their first few weeks of 2019 gearing up for the arrival of their next studio album, which will be titled Jude Vol. I , and scheduled to arrive on Feb. 1 via Modern Outsider. On Wednesday the rock band debuted a new single set to appear on the album with a dreamy track titled, “Lie To Me (Große Lüge).”

The new song arrived with a colorfully animated lyric video courtesy of Joseph Mirasole, which acts as a trippy visualizer while the single plays throughout. The quartet stays pretty close to their trademark style of dreamy psychedelia throughout “Lie To Me,” although its vibrant tempo makes the song feel more like a new wave dance experience rather than a heady haze of guitar rock as the band is also known to sound at times. “Lie To Me” really shines during the chorus with a vibrant mix of bells and guitar notation, with bassist Jackie O’Brien and guitarist Curtis Roush teaming up on vocals to help ease the listener through the most thrilling and dance-friendly part of the song.

According to the premiere via Relix on Wednesday, O’Brien and the rest of the band have gone through an emotional journey throughout the process of making this album. The band’s manager, and Jackie O’Brien’s brother, Alex O’Brien, died during the making of the album. The band chose to use the barrage of emotions that come with a traumatizing event such as death as inspiration for their art and how they’ve always expressed themselves.

“It was a terrible thing, but it was also the most beautiful thing I’ve ever experienced and probably will ever experience,” O’Brien said about how he and the band coped with the loss of their manager, brother and friend. “This was all happening as we started the record. Not all the songs are about Alex, but I think even the ones that aren’t 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.”

Jude Vol. I was recorded in Los Angeles with the production help of Chris Coady, who has worked as a recording engineer, tracker or mixer on albums ranging from Yeah Yeah Yeahs to Beach House. The band released a five-song EP in 2018 titled Missing Something, while Curtis Roush also introduced the world to his debut solo album, Cosmic Campfire Music. The band only has a few select festival appearances scheduled for 2019 at the moment, but with the coming arrival of their next album, fans should be on the lookout for more tour dates announced in the coming weeks.