We’ve really enjoyed having artists grace our presence for MonoSonic Sessions—the latest Howler Music endeavor from Howler Brothers. If you haven’t heard of this yet, we kicked off a music series where we invite you to get up close with artists we love while they play a couple songs for us. Everyone hangs before and after the show to drink and be merry. It’s been great.
Ahead of its release, The Bright Light Social Hour performed some select tracks from their brand new album, Emergency Leisure, released August 2, 2023. Amidst the first leg of their tour in Alaska, they were gracious enough to answer some burning questions we had for them post MonoSonic Sessions. So here it is: 10 questions with The Bright Light Social Hour.
If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would it be?
TBLSH: TBLSH has never been to Europe! We're overdue.
What's in your tour bus/van dash right now?
TBLSH: Our future tour vehicle is getting some final repairs before hitting the road. It's as clean as it's going to get!
What's your guilty pleasure record/music you love that you're potentially embarrassed to admit?
TBLSH: I gave up on the notion of guilty pleasures recently. I love so much music and try to actively avoid an elite/hater mentality that's still a little too common in the "indie music" community. That said, I listen to a lot more heavy music and hip-hop than the band's sound might suggest. Huge Pantera fan ever since I was an aspiring young shredder down here in Texas. It's hard to be a Kanye fan these days, but nonetheless I think all of his records are total classics and he's among my biggest production inspirations.
Got any unexpected celebrity fans of your music?
TBLSH: Never personally introduced, but supposedly Bryan Cranston had a big hand in landing us the theme for Amazon Prime's "Sneaky Pete." Thanks Bryan! I think Chloe Grace Moretz tweeted about us once lol.
I believe I saw a kid is on tour with y'all—is this a roadie in training? How does that work?
TBLSH: Jackie's sweet little one Siena just joined us in Alaska. She's nearly four and such an awesome traveler. Gotta start training replacements if we want this band to make it to the 22nd century, ya know?
Finally: What's the craziest thing that's ever happened on stage?
TBLSH: All sorts of things have been thrown on stage—joints, underwear, people. We've been robbed while on stage. Natural disasters, mass shootings, plenty of grizzly news dropped while up there. But for me, I'll take the light stuff—on our last set of Salmonfest this past weekend, we lost power on the final song but just kept the chorus going with drums, percussion, and singing at the top of our lungs until we had the whole crowd singing back. Magic moment right there.