Bright Light Bright Light

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Bright Light Bright Light
Rod Thomas Trickledown.jpg
Rod Thomas performing in October 2006
Background information
Birth name Rod Thomas
Born 1982/1983 (age 31 as of July 2014)[1]
Neath, Wales
Genres Electropop, dance, disco, house, alternative
Occupations Singer, songwriter, dj, producer
Instruments voice, piano
Years active 2010–present
Labels Aztec Records, Self Raising Records
Website brightlightx2.blogspot.com

Rod Thomas (stage name Bright Light Bright Light) is a Welsh, London-based independent singer. Bright Light Bright Light incorporates many elements of nu-disco into his music, also branching into synthpop, dance and house music. His 2014 album, Life is Easy, was his first album to chart in the UK, reaching No. 139 on the UK Albums Chart as well as peaking in the top 20 on the UK Independent Albums Chart and the top 3 on the UK Indie Breakers Chart.

Career[edit]

Thomas grew up in a small village near Neath, Wales[2] and learned several instruments as a child including the piano, his first forays into music were more folk-based, led by acoustic guitar and, due to a lack of equipment, with minimal beats around it. Thomas later stated that his dalliance with folk was due to his lack of knowledge with production techniques, and that he was always drawn to house and synthpop.[3] He left Wales to take a place reading English literature and creative writing at Warwick University, but he left the course to move to London.[4] In London he set up a studio at his home, and spent the rush hours busking the busy London tube stations. In 2009 he sent some demo tracks to American producer Boom Bip, which resulted in Thomas being invited to Los Angeles for two weeks to work on tracks together. Thomas stated that Boom Bip's production on the song "A New Word to Say" helped him find "his sound".[2]

Thomas released, "Love Part II", his first single under the name Bright Light Bright Light, in 2010 on the Popjustice Hi-Fi label.[4] Thomas chose the name 'Bright Light Bright Light' from a quote spoken by the character Gizmo in the 1984 movie Gremlins.[5] 2010 also saw him tour as the support act for Ellie Goulding.[2] The singles "Disco Moment" and "Feel It" followed through 2011 and 2012, and after appearances at Bestival in the UK and South by South West in the US he released his debut album Make Me Believe in Hope in 2012.[2][4]

The album tracks to Make Me Believe in Hope were co-written and produced by Rod Thomas, The Invisible Men and Andy Chatterley. The album features several collaborations, including vocals from Scissor Sisters' guitarist Del Marquis on the track "Cry at Films". Make Me Believe in Hope was released in the UK on 4 June 2012 through independent label Aztec Records, and the album received generally positive reviews from music critics and bloggers, with The Fly magazine noting the album as one the releases that just missed its annual top 50.[6] Bright Light Bright Light released the single "Disco Moment" from the album which was placed on the BBC Radio 1 play list.[4] In June 2012 the album made the final shortlist for the annual Welsh Music Prize, but lost to Future of the Left.[7] 2012 also saw Bright Light Bright Light support Scissor Sisters on four venues of their UK tour.[8]

In 2013, the EP "In Your Care" was released followed by a second single from Thomas' second album, "I Wish We Were Leaving" featuring Elton John. Following the song's release, Thomas toured with Elton John during the summer of 2014. Bright Light Bright Light's second album Life is Easy was released in the UK on 7 July 2014, charting at No. 139 on the UK albums chart, and was preceded by the single "I Believe" on 29 June.

Personal life[edit]

Thomas is openly gay.[9]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

As Rod Thomas[edit]

Year Title UK Album
2006 "Good Coat" Until Something Fits
2007 "Your Love Is A Tease"
2008 "You Get Goodbyes"
"Same Old Lines"

As Bright Light Bright Light[edit]

Year Title UK Album
2010 "Love Part II" Make Me Believe in Hope
2011 "Disco Moment"
2012 "Waiting for the Feeling"[10]
"Feel It" (featuring Mykal Kilgore)[11]
2013 "Moves"[12]
"In Your Care"[13] Life is Easy
2014 "I Wish We Were Leaving" (with Elton John)[14][15]
"I Believe"[16]

EPs[edit]

As Rod Thomas[edit]

  • 2008: The Festivals EP

As Bright Light Bright Light[edit]

  • 2011: Limited Edition Tour EP (Limited edition album)
  • 2012: Blueprints EP 1(US release only)
  • 2014: Tour EP 2014 (Limited edition album)

Albums[edit]

As Rod Thomas[edit]

Year Title UK UK Indie UK Indie Breakers
2009 Until Something Fits

As Bright Light Bright Light[edit]

Year Title UK UK Indie UK Indie Breakers
2012 Make Me Believe in Hope (re-released in 2013 as Make Me Believe in Hope: The New Batch)
B-Sides, Rarities & Remixes (Limited edition album)
2013 Make Me Believe in Hope: Blueprints Version (acoustic version of Make Me Believe in Hope)
2014 Life is Easy 139[17] 19[18] 3[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b c d "Bright Light Bright Light". swnfest.com. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Freeman, John (8 February 2011). "I'm Not Some Sort of Genius: Bright Light Bright Light Interviewed". thequietus.com. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Make Me Believe in Hope – Bright Light Bright Light". welshmusicprize.com. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Cragg, Michael (30 June 2011). "New music: Bright Light Bright Light – Disco Moment". guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Cragg, Michael. "Missed The 50: Bright Light Bright Light 'Make Me Believe in Hope'". The Fly Magazine. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Welsh Music Prize: Future of the Left named winners". BBC News. 18 October 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  8. ^ Beattie, Siobhanne (5 November 2012). "Gutter Talk : Bright Light, Bright Light". Gutter Magazine. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  9. ^ Dhesi, Wayne. "Interview Bright Light Bright Light". R U Coming Out. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Bright Light Bright Light – Waiting for the Feeling at Amazon.co.uk
  11. ^ Bright Light Bright Light – Feel It
  12. ^ Bright Light Bright Light – Moves at Amazon.co.uk
  13. ^ Bright Light Bright Light – In Your Care at Amazon.co.uk
  14. ^ "Future Releases on Triple A (AAA) Radio Stations". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on 27 February 2014. 
  15. ^ Bright Light Bright Light & Elton John – I Wish We Were Leaving at Amazon.co.uk
  16. ^ Bright Light Bright Light – I Believe at Amazon.co.uk
  17. ^ http://zobbel.de/cluk/140719cluk.txt
  18. ^ Independent Albums Chart – 19/07/14
  19. ^ Independent Albums Breakers Chart – 19/07/14