Nice! Welcome to the board fellow Bright Eyes fan. I know what you mean about the Crystal ballroom. I was at that show too. When Bright Eyes was playing songs like No One Would Riot For Less, you could hear the thump thump thump from the dance club downstairs. Pretty lame.
I saw that. What's their newer sound like? I'm into the more "Calendar Hung Itself", "Waste of Paint" - shrieking borderline tone-deaf sound because if I'm going to listen to something depressing I want to commit fully and have the person sound like they are dying. I'm assuming their new stuff is more polished?
Yes, way more polished. If you think about it though, that's what it had to come to. Conor is 31 years old now, he can't keep singing songs like he did when he was a 19 year old depressed alcoholic emo kid. He was even considering ending Bright Eyes just because he didn't want to be known for that anymore. I think The Peoples Key is the perfect transition into what will be a new chapter for Bright Eyes. In a recent interview he was talking about reconsidering ending Bright Eyes because of that. He wanted to quit, but touring with the Mystic Valley Band and Monsters of Folk made him realize how much he loves to perform with Bright Eyes rather than his side projects. Don't get me wrong, I love Calendar, Waste of Paint, and all the old stuff, but I do respect their decision to move forward and evolve their sound.