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Omaha, Nebraska, United States (1995 – present)

Bright Eyes is an band consisting mainly of American singer, guitarist, and songwriter Conor Oberst. Bright Eyes also features multi-instrumentalist/producer Mike Mogis, keyboard player Nate Walcott and a rotating lineup of collaborators drawn primarily from Omaha, Nebraska, United States’ indie music scene. Having been deeply influenced early on by singer-songwriters David Dondero and Simon Joyner, Conor Oberst has been recording music since the age of 13. He released his first three albums at the ages of 13, 14, 15, respectively, all under the name “Conor Oberst” and released only on cassettes. He then moved onwards with a band called Commander Venus with whom he released two albums. After the break-up of this band in 1997, Conor’s main focus became Bright Eyes, and in 1998 he released the first Bright Eyes album, A Collection of Songs Written and Recorded 1995-1997(a collection of 20 stockpiled songs) on the independent label Records, which he had co-formed earlier in collaboration with fellow local Omaha musicians.

Saddle Creek also released Letting Off the Happiness in November 1998, a ten-track record that boasted a much more focused and clear sound than the previous album. According to the Saddle Creek press release, it features members of Lullaby For The Working Class, Neutral Milk Hotel, and of Montreal. It was predominantly recorded in the Oberst family basement in Omaha on an analog eight track reel to reel; with some work also done at keyboardist Andy Lemaster’s Athens, GA studio.


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  • sandrabjorg

    Cool Music

    18 Feb 1:53pm Reply
  • burneverybridge

    god's bday

    15 Feb 8:17am Reply
  • NadiaSchneider

    This reminds me Red House Painters and Elliott Smith somehoww

    27 Jan 11:24pm Reply
  • FoolmeThrice

    "How does it feel that 9 of your top 10 songs are off one album? " Your? Are you saying I'm Bright Eyes???

    16 Jan 1:44am Reply
  • aboynameddirt

    Nice to see that a few of the songs from A Christmas Album have made it into the top tracks. It's that time of year!

    9 Dec 2014 Reply
  • melkmeintogepi

    Yes people, get the Christmas Album into the Top 10!

    7 Dec 2014 Reply
  • nomadicherder

    time to break out the christmas album.

    29 Nov 2014 Reply
  • davidjosepha

    How does it feel that 9 of your top 10 songs are off one album?

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
  • taylorbroad

    If you like Bright Eyes, you might like ambient lo-fi folk act The Noises We Make When No One Is Around. The debut ep is available on Bandcamp on September 29th but until then, you can listen via Soundcloud; Enjoy!

    15 Sep 2014 Reply
  • PlayingDead-

    Waste of Paint is beautiful [2]

    10 Sep 2014 Reply
  • awarmbier

    Waste of Paint is beautiful

    4 Sep 2014 Reply
  • FoolmeThrice

    Look at that dip that bright eyes took in the charts. Absurd. But they're back, it looks like

    30 Aug 2014 Reply
  • FoolmeThrice

    I don't care if she gets death threats. If someone kills her that's a little fucked up. Not any worse than Jack Ruby, though.

    25 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Seperat0r

    You're a fucking creep if you blame anyone but her for this, but you're an even worse type of creep if you're gonna send someone a death threat.

    19 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Katatonia95

    Didn't want this music video to end :( <3

    6 Aug 2014 Reply
  • the_whistler

    Just finished my hobby project, perhaps someone here will find it useful :)

    4 Aug 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    Отличный парень, настоящая "новая искренность" начала нулевых, этакий кобейн и дилан в одном флаконе.

    19 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Element_X

    this is why people don't take rape seriously anymore

    18 Jul 2014 Reply
  • FoolmeThrice

    I'm sure Conor got death threats, fuck if I'm going to feel bad if she gets any. She's not a fucking victim.

    16 Jul 2014 Reply
  • oceanseacrest

    @Schindlers_Fist: Just saying, her name is public and it's likely she'll receive death threats, etc. from people online who find her personal information. So I highly doubt people are going to leave her alone for this.

    15 Jul 2014 Reply
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