Frontman Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and Nate Wolcott hinted at a new record in the clip above, complete with the three musicians overseeing an orchestra in a studio. The hashtag #BrightEyes2020 appears on the screen.
After a show in Tokyo in March, Bright Eyes will kick off a North American leg in Spokane, Washington, on May 14th. They’ll then hit the West Coast, including three consecutive nights at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles in May. On June 20th, they’ll perform at the Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, New York, before heading to Europe.
Bright Eyes announced their hiatus following 2011’s The People’s Key. In the time since Oberst released several solo albums and formed Better Oblivion Community Center with Phoebe Bridgers. Mogis has produced several records, including Bridgers 2017 debut Stranger in the Alps. Walcott toured as keyboardist with the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2016.
Oberst alluded in his end-of-decade survey that his biggest hope for 2020 is: “That people can agree on reality again.” This is a solid start.
May 14 — Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
May 15 — Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
May 16 — Tacoma, WA @ Temple
May 18 — Sonoma, CA @ Gundlach Bundschu Winery
May 19 — Santa Cruz, CA @ Santa Cruz Civic
May 21 — Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium