It’s been a while since we heard from one of the most important indie bands of the 2000s but finally, after almost a decade-long hiatus, Bright Eyes are back. 2020 will not only bring them around the world for an extensive tour, the trio have also worked on new material in the studio. On August 15 they’ll play long-time favorites and perhaps new stuff at Way Out West.


More than twenty years ago, Bright Eyes was formed in Omaha, Nebraska, by frontman Conor Oberst. Eventually Mike Mogis and Nate Walcott joined as steady members of the band who for a long time was closely associated with the record label Saddle Creek. With a distinctive mix of indie, folk, emo and punk, Bright Eyes gained a large and devoted following of fans through albums such as Fevers and Mirrors (2000), Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground (2002), I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning (2005), Digital Ash in a Digital Urn (2005), Cassadaga (2007) and, the latest one, The People’s Key (2011), and they were influential too. First Aid Kit said about Bright Eyes that “they were the reason we started to make this kind of music in the first place”.


Bright Eyes will play at Way Out West on Saturday August 15.