Conor Oberst opens up on what to expect from the new Bright Eyes album
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Conor Oberst opens up on what to expect from the new Bright Eyes album

Conor Oberst has been talking about what fans should expect from the first Bright Eyes record in nine years since 2011’s The People’s Key.

The Nebraskan three-piece announced their reunion with new track ‘Persona Non Grata’ on March 24th and also revealed that they working on a new album following signing a deal with Dead Oceans.

Frontman Conor Oberst has opened up to NME about the direction of the record, divulging: “We wanted to invoke some elements of our oldest records,” Oberst said. “The sounds aren’t all pristine and super-manicured. We wanted to feel like the band we started as kids who were into punk rock and stuff like that. My favourite stuff walks the line between the human, raw, emotional and unhinged qualities, but with a little more sophisticated approach.”

Oberst then went on to add: “It’s not overtly political. Like our previous records, it’s personal with world views swirled together. Those things do affect one another. Relationships are always set against the backdrop of what’s going on out there. As we’re seeing right now, the world is very unpredictable and chaotic. That’s the human experience and the human experiment.”

When probed on what the lyrical themes are to the record, the Phoebe Bridges collaborater said: “Loss is a big theme on the album, of all kinds – personal and macro amounts of loss. There’s some hope in it as well and some love songs. It’s not overtly political. Like our previous records it’s personal with world views swirled together. Those things do affect one another. Relationships are always set against the backdrop of what’s going on out there. As we’re seeing right now, the world is very unpredictable and chaotic. That’s the human experience and the human experiment.”

The Bright Eyes frontman also said that the band never actually broke up following the release of their last album despite what was reported and shared how the new album came to happen: “Nate and Mike are two of my best friends in the world and there was no falling out. They went to their various other pursuits. Mike kept producing records, they both do a lot of film scoring, Nate was touring with the Red Hot Chili Peppers for about four years (which is cool) and I’ve been making my records. It happened in an organic way. I was talking to Nate at a Christmas party a couple of years ago and just said, ‘We should do it – let’s make a record. We’re all getting older’. We snuck into his bathroom, called up Mike and he was fully on board. We went to Omaha a couple of months later and just started.”

Bright Eyes are set to play a string of UK dates this September including shows at London’s Eventim Apollo, Manchester’s O2 Apollo, Glasgow’s Barrowland and End Of The Road Festival.

Check out ‘Persona Non Grata’, below.

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