Float Fest 2015 Artist Preview: The Bright Light Social Hour

Space Is Still the Place album release show with Ray Wylie Hubbard Stubb’s Austin 2015. Photo courtesy of Roger Ho

By Janelle Abad

Music Director

Tomorrow kicks off the second year of the three day festival filled with the San Marcos essentials: floating, friends and music. Float Fest brings to the San Marcos river shores artists from across the nation including Phantogram, Local Natives, and Dr. Dog, but the festival still brings out the central Texas roots with native Austin band, The Bright Light Social Hour.

The band’s most recent work, Space Is Still the Place outlines different interpretations of space within the ten tracks. Layered with a myriad of synthesizers, The Bright Light Social Hour creates a smooth, and lush soundtrack to their variations of the intergalactic theme in contrast to their driving rhythms, howling, and clapping in their debut self-titled album that was released in 2010.

Their upcoming performance this weekend at Float Fest is only a taste of their upcoming fall tour due to kick off in Santa Fe, New Mexico on September 15th. Joining them on their North American tour are bands Sun Dog, In The Whale, firekid, and SWIMM for the majority of the last leg on the road.

You can catch The Bright Light Social Hour on the second stage tomorrow, Friday, August 28th at 9pm right before Local Natives closes the first night of the festival. Stay tuned for a conversation with the band at Float Fest with Other Side Drive host Wes Boland.

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