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Bright, The - 2008 In Lucid Dreams

ARTIST: Bright, The
ALBUM: In Lucid Dreams
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2008
SPONSOR: The Bright


LINEUP: Julie Lange - vocals * Kell Curtis - guitar * Taylor Tatsch - guitar * Miguel Fair - bass * Cooper Heffley - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 One Time Lover * 02 Cemetry Street * 03 Serpent * 04 I've Got A Feeling * 05 Hover * 06 Kashmir * 07 Don't Pull Me Down * 08 Severity * 09 Cut Me Loose * 10 Leave You Wanting * 11 I Can't, I Won't * 12 Almost Maybe * 13 Kashmir (Radio Edit) * 14 I've Got A Feeling (Remix)



The Bright are a new name to me, but have been carousing around the Texan music scene as the band formerly known as Superstring. You don't have to be a rocket scientist or 'that bright' (excuse the pun) to know that a name change was the best thing they could've done to put their name in lights. This quintet are natives of the Dallas/Fort Worth scene, but haven't dropped their saddle and pulled up horses exclusively in this two-horse town. Though they have a gig coming up on the 5th Sept in Dallas, the band hit the road during October 2008 supporting their latest album 'In Lucid Dreams', travelling across the USA. It's a self released affair, and has even drawn praise from our very own Kelv Hellrazer, describing it as Tami Show doing modern rock. You remember Tami Show right? The Illinois based 80's rockers featuring the Massey sisters Claire and Cathy, with side references to legendary power pop outfit Pezband. A big wrap indeed by our Kelv, because Tami Show are a very popular band here (just ask our resident former Kerrang and Classic Rock scribe Dave Reynolds!). Personally, I think the comparison is a bit generous, as there is a huge gulf between the recordings of the two bands (notwithstanding production values, style etc), but The Bright, as a new outfit on the horizon, live up to their name, with a sound guaranteed to take them places.

The Songs
For a self released set of songs, The Bright do not skimp on the quantity! Good stuff. With singer Julie Lange, they have a front-person that can lead the way, and as for the songs, variety is the name of the game here. They move effortlessly between styles, whether it's a delicate piano laced ballad a la 'Almost Maybe' where Julie reaches soaring heights where mere mortals cannot reach, or whether they are hard rockin' in the tradition of the greats - as with the rendition of the Led Zeppelin standard 'Kashmir'. Showcasing their abilities is easy when you listen to the melodic modern rock of 'Don't Pull Me Down' which is catchy enough for today's radio market, then you move to a track like 'Hover', which is wistful and windblown but still charming in its own way, or The Police like guitar lines of 'I Can't I Won't' - both presentable enough for radio. I would also hazard a guess and suggest that tunes like 'One Time Lover', the fantastic 'Serpent' and the melody conscious 'Leave You Wanting' would go down a pearler in a live situation. A great set of tunes all over.

In Summary
'In Lucid Dreams' has been out a little while now, and is available on I Tunes for download. As mentioned, the band commence an October tour very shortly, so check their Myspace page ( and get out and see them wherever you are across the USA. 2008 continues a great run of melodic rock music, and you can easily add The Bright to the list of year-end contenders.

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#1 | reyno-roxx on September 03 2008 20:43:15
Kelv is right on the money with this album, George! It's fantastic. And I loved the Tami Show comparison. Actually, I thought there were moments where they sounded like Kylie Minogue fronting a rock band. And that's no put down, cos I'm a big fan of Kylie (post Waterman pop pap). Met her in LA once, but that's a whole different story....
#2 | jeffduran on November 26 2008 21:56:04
The band has been on my show several times. Go to their myspace for the great interviews!
#3 | jeffrey343 on December 05 2008 20:30:21
When I see a new review, particularly one for a new release, I check to see if it is available on Rhapsody. This one is, and I must say that it is a very pleasant surprise! These guys apparently are from my backyard of DFW, but I'm not hooked into the local music scene enough to have heard of them. This is definitely good stuff - a modern sound that still sounds great. I wonder if having a quality female singer rather than another angst-ridden male is what separates this from other modern stuff? (I say that even though I do like a decent amount of recent rock sung by dudes.) This is the kind of stuff that should be getting airplay on the modern rock stations alongside Daughtry and 3 Doors Down (who I really like, BTW). Glad y'all discovered this one!
#4 | jeffrey343 on December 16 2008 22:37:25
Also, the cover of 'Kashmir' is really good! I'm not the biggest Led Zep fan in the world, but I like the way these guys do that song.
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