The Bright Light Social Hour

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Bright Light Social Hour
Origin Austin, Texas, United States
Genres Psychedelic rock, neo-psychedelia, blues rock, indietronica, dance-punk, neo soul
Years active 2004 (2004)–present
Labels Independent, MapleMusic Recordings (Canada)
Associated acts Shreddward & Mirasole
Members Curtis Roush
Jack O'Brien
Joseph Mirasole
Past members Ryan O'Donoghue
Thomas Choate
A.J. Vincent

The Bright Light Social Hour is a psychedelic rock band from Austin, Texas. The band features Curtis Roush on guitar and vocals, Jack O'Brien on bass guitar and vocals, and Joseph Mirasole on drums.


Formation and Early Work (2004-2010)[edit]

In September 2004, Southwestern University students Curtis Roush (guitar), Thomas Choate (drums) and Jack O’Brien (vocals/keyboards), along with Ryan “Badcock” O’Donoghue (bass) began playing together as a post-hardcore art rock collective. They were often billed with area hardcore bands such as 25 Dollar Massacre, Thumbscrew and At All Cost and quickly grew a reputation for their visceral live shows. The band took a year hiatus while Roush studied audio engineering and O’Brien studied linguistics and Flamenco guitar in Madrid, during which time Choate moved away to study eco building.[1]

In October 2006, upon O’Brien’s return, the band brought in Joseph Mirasole, a drummer from a local high school drum line, via Craigslist.[2] During this period the band recorded their first studio EP, Touches. Soon after, the band relocated to Austin where O’Brien and Roush enrolled in Master’s programs at the University of Texas. They parted ways amicably with Badcock, with Jack taking over bass duties and Roush helping with vocals.[3]

In 2008 they released the EP Love Like Montopolis, which showcased a more delicate, downtempo post-rock sound, and brought on local singer-songwriter A.J. Vincent on keys.[4]

The Bright Light Social Hour (2010–present)[edit]

The band continued to grow their reputation with consistent high energy shows in southern states, their sound evolving to include elements of soul, southern rock and psychedelia.[5] The band released their debut full-length album in late 2010, entitled The Bright Light Social Hour. The album was recorded in Austin during summer 2010 with producer Danny Reisch.

Momentum built for the band, and in March 2011 they swept the 29th Annual Austin Music Awards during SXSW,[6] with an unprecedented 6 awards, including Band of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year (for their song "Detroit").[7] Subsequently, The Bright Light Social Hour began a relentless touring schedule, playing over 400 shows across the United States, Canada and Mexico.[8] In July 2012 they opened for Aerosmith in Quebec City, and in 2013 played such festivals as Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Hangout Music Festival, Wakarusa Music Festival and Ottawa Bluesfest.[9]

In January 2013, citing growing personal and creative differences, Vincent was replaced by touring keyboardist/guitarist Edward Braillif.[10][11]

On June 25, 2013 Mirasole, Roush and O'Brien were in attendance at Senator Wendy Davis' famous filibuster of Texas Senate Bill 5. Inspired by the ferocity of the crowd gathered in the Capitol, they rushed to their studio and by the morning had released the song "Wendy Davis," with an accompanying video made in part with protest footage taken on the band's phones.[12]

In May 2013 the band announced they'd begun work on their second full-length album, to be produced and engineered by the band and released in 2014.[13]



  • The Bright Light Social Hour (2010)


  • Touches (2007)
  • Love Like Montopolis (2008)
  • New Year's Live (2011)


  • "Back and Forth" (2009)
  • "Wendy Davis" (2013)

Band members[edit]

  • Jack O'Brien – vocals, bass (2004–present)
  • Curtis Roush – vocals, guitar (2004–present)
  • Joseph Mirasole – drums (2006–present)
  • Edward Braillif – synthesizers, guitar (2013–present)
Former members
  • Ryan O'Donoghue – bass (2004–2007)
  • Thomas Choate - drums (2004-2006)
  • A.J. Vincent – keyboards, vocals (2008–2013)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jack’s experiences in Spanish cultural and literary studies roused his passion for creative storytelling.". Retrieved 2013-12-28. 
  2. ^ Butler, Susan (September 30, 2013). "ACL Preview Interview with The Bright Light Social Hour". ClevrCat. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ "America". June 6, 2012. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Love Like Montopolis Description". CD Universe. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Austin_Chronicle_Biography". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  6. ^ "SXSW_creates_melting_pot_of_international_ventures". YNN. Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  7. ^ "Austin_Chronicle_Austin_Music_Awards". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  8. ^ "Tour_Dates". Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  9. ^ "The_Bright_Light_Social_Hour_Gigography". Songkick. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  10. ^ "Here's a Light That Will Never Go Out". Retrieved 2013-03-09. 
  11. ^ Parker, Paris (March 28, 2013). "Adventure of Paris Parker EP. 13 The Bright Light Social Hour". Wolf/Sheep. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  12. ^ Lynn, Chris Apollo (June 27, 2013). "The Bright Light Social Hour Release Powerful New Anthem "Wendy Davis" in Response To SB5". Republic of Austin. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  13. ^ "New_Songs/Recording_Update". Official Website. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 

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