Sunday, May 28, 2023



Beloved band Bright Eyes have announced the second wave of releases as part of their ongoing Companions project. The project, announced in March, sees the band rereleasing their entire catalog, each album accompanied by new recordings. Out November 11 via Dead OceansLifted or the Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground: A CompanionI’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning: A Companion, and Digital Ash in a Digital UrnA Companion.  

The EPs include stellar guest performances from Gillian WelchDave RawlingsBecky Stark, and Maria Taylor as well as stunning covers of “November by Azure Ray,” “Fare Thee Well, Miss Carousel” by Townes Van Zandt and “Agenda Suicide” by The Faint. 

Today’s announcement comes with the release of three new Companion series recordings: “You Will. You? Will. You? Will. You? Will,”(originally from Lifted),  “Old Soul Song (for the New World Order),” (originally from Wide Awake) and “Gold Mine Gutted” (originally from Digital Ash). The band’s re-recording flips the styles of Wide Awake and Digital Ash – recording each of those tracks in the style of the other album which were released on the same day in 2005.

Coupled with this news comes a slew of new tour dates for fall. All dates below. Bright Eyes has partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket sold goes to the PLUS1 x Noise For Now Reproductive Health Access fund supporting access to reproductive rights and services for all. Tickets on sale Friday, August 12th at 10am local time from 

Earlier this year the band released their first wave of Companion EPs: A Collection of Songs Written and Recorded 1995-1997: A CompanionLetting Off The Happiness: A Companion and Fevers and Mirrors: A Companion to widespread acclaim. Like the previous series of releases, each reissue in this new wave will be partnered with the release of a Companion EP of five new recordings of songs contained on the original release plus a cover version from an artist they found particularly inspiring at the time of the original recording. The Companion series gives Conor OberstMike Mogis and Nathaniel Walcott a chance to revisit some of their earlier material and re-work it entirely – with the occasional addition of some talented friends. This ambitious project will see the release of 54 new recordings over the coming year.

Bright Eyes began in 1995 as a recording moniker for a then 15-year old Conor Oberst’s work with producer/multi-instrumentalist Mike Mogis. Mogis and composer/ arranger/ multi-instrumentalist Nathaniel Walcott became fully fledged members in 2006. Over the course of 23 years the music’s impact and influence has been significant; Bright Eyes’ songs have been covered by dozens of artists, including Lorde, The Killers, Mac Miller, Dave Rawlings & Gillian Welch, Phoebe Bridgers, Snow Patrol, Jason Mraz and beabadoobee. ​​For a band that’s often been perceived as an outlier, the depth, breadth, and impact of the Bright Eyes canon is remarkable. Over the last two-plus decades, as Bright Eyes has released one after another time capsule LP’s – urgent dispatches from transcendent, fleeting eras of our collective lives  they’ve also simultaneously been assembling a robust, mature, narratively cohesive discography.

Watch Bright Eyes perform early song “Falling Out Of Love At This Volume” on The Late Late Show with James Corden 

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Tracklist for Companion EPs (new recordings)

LIFTED Or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground: A Companion 

1) “The Big Picture”

2) “You Will. You? Will. You? Will. You? Will.” 

3) “Laura Laurent” 

4) “Nothing Gets Crossed Out”

5) “November”

6) “Waste of Paint”

I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning: A Companion

1) “Old Soul Song (for the New World Order)” 

2) “First Day of My Life” 

3) “Fare Thee Well, Miss Carousel”

4) “We Are Nowhere and It’s Now” 

5) “Road to Joy” 

6) “Land Locked Blues”

Digital Ash in a Digital Urn: A Companion

1) “Hit the Switch” 

2) “Down in a Rabbit Hole”

3) “Arc of Time (Time Code)” 

4) “Ship in a Bottle”

5) “Agenda Suicide” 

6) “Gold Mine Gutted”


08/12/22 – Oslo – Oya Festival

08/13/22 – Gothenburg – Way Out West Festival

08/14/22 – Copenhagen – Vega

08/16/22 – Hamburg – Fabrik

08/17/22 – Prague – Lucerna Music Bar

08/19/22 – Berlin – Astra Kulturhaus

08/20/22 – Frankfurt – Batschkapp

08/21/22 – Hasselt – Pukkelpop

08/22/22 – Amsterdam – Paradiso

08/23/22 – Cologne – Carlswerk Victoria 

08/25/22 – Vienna – Open Air Arena

08/26/22 – Munich – Muffathalle

08/27/22 – Zurich – X-Tra

08/28/22 – Luxembourg – Den Atelier

08/30/22 – London – Eventim Apollo

08/31/22 – Manchester – O2 Apollo

09/01/22 – Dublin – Vicar Street

09/02/22 – Stradbally – Electric Picnic Festival

09/04/22 – Dorset – End of the Road Festival

09/05/22 – Birmingham – O2 Institute

09/06/22 – Glasgow – Barrowland

10/19/22 – Sonoma, CA – Gundlach Bundschu Winery

10/20/22- San Luis Obispo, CA – Madonna Inn

10/22/22 – Las Vegas, NV – When We Were Young Festival

10/23/22 – Las Vegas, NV – When We Were Young Festival

10/25/22 – Monterrey, CA – Golden State Theatre

10/26/22 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory

10/27/22 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre

10/29/22 – Las Vegas, NV – When We Were Young Festival

11/09/22 – Toronto, ON – History

11/10/22 – Montreal, QUE – Corona Theatre

11/11/22 – Providence, RI – The Strand

11/13/22 – Portland, ME – State Theater

11/14/22 – Baltimore, MD – TBA

11/16/22- Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

11/19/22 – Mexico City, MEX, Corona Capital

Greg Kinne
Greg Kinne
Greg started Culture Fiend as a way to discuss the many facets of pop culture. Greg usually surrounds himself with Star Wars action figures, Legos and a healthy supply of interesting films and unusual records.


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