"Bright Eyes" is an Emo rock band consisting of singer-songwriter/guitarist Conor Oberst, multi-instrumentalist/producer Mike Mogis, and a rotating lineup of collaborators drawn primarily from Omaha's indie music scene. Oberst, whose knack for unintelligible lyrics and mid song weeping sessions have led to comparisons with other melodramatic musicians with bad voices, although his darker themes of depression, anxiety, and alcoholism are much more reminiscent of Leonard Cohen and Simon Joyner.
While Bright Eyes remains signed to the independent label Saddle Creek, the band enjoys mainstream popularity that rivals that of their major label contemporaries: in 2004, the singles "Lua" and "Take It Easy (Love Nothing)" took the top two spots of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Sales chart within two weeks of their simultaneous release.
Bright Eyes started as a side project of Conor Oberst's while he was the frontman for the indie rock outfit Commander Venus. Though the band remained his primary focus between the years 1995 and 1997 , Oberst continued to write and record acoustic solo material onto his father's four-track reel-to-reel in his parents' basement. Of the 70 songs...
|years active||1998 in music|
|music genre|| Indie rock|