Fridöm. For all the people in Latin America that are new to The Bright Light Social Hour, could you briefly describe each member of the band?
That’s tough, we’ve known each other so long! Jo is the drummer. He’s a super-nerd but in the coolest way possible. He’s always in his headphones working with synthesizers or drum machines or doing mixing work for our new album. If he were a Ninja Turtle, he’d be Donatello. Curtis is the guitarist/singer. His words are few but potent, and he’s a seriously excellent chef. He’d be Leonardo. I play bass and sing, and I believe life is meant to be enjoyed. I guess I’d be Michelangelo?
Fridöm. Is the song Wendy Davis, being included on your upcoming album, Future South?
No it won’t be on the album. We wrote that song in the heat of the moment while attending a protest and it isn’t part of the universe that will be the new album.
Fridöm. What can we expect from your new album, and how it differs from the process of when recording your debut album?
We’re recording this album entirely ourselves in our home/practice space, so it’s very natural and comfortable. The three of us are performing, producing, engineering and mixing everything, whereas for the last album we went into a studio and worked with a producer/engineer. This really allows us to have complete creative control on the entire picture, and we’re constantly learning and revisiting every aspect of the music. I think this album will be a much deeper representation of our vision and essence.
Fridöm. If you had to choose someone to tour with, who would it be?
Fridöm. Being yourselves from Austin, TX, what are your top five favorite spots or activities in the city?
Watching live music at any of the venues/bars on the East Side
Skinnydipping in Lake Travis
Eating at all the amazing food trucks
Having a beer and pizza while watching a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse
Barton Springs is also a sweet swimming hole
Fridöm. As a band, are you supporters of the slogan “Keep Austin Weird”?, and if so, how do you take part in keepin’ it that way?
Yes, definitely. I think the best thing we can do is explore new sounds and help make the “Austin sound” an always-changing, weirdo kind of thing.
Fridöm. What comes to mind when the word “freedom” comes out?
Fridöm. Finally, any plans to return to Mexico or any other part of Latin America any soon?
There is nothing currently booked in Mexico or Latin America, but we’re hoping any of the amazing Mexican and Latin American festivals invites us to play soon! Tengo mucha familia en Oaxaca y en DF y me encantaría volver a tocar en México.