Update: Bright Eyes premiered “Persona Non Grata” on Tuesday — click here for more details.
Might this week bring big news from Conor Oberst and Bright Eyes? That’s very much the expectation after the indie/rock band’s social media pages uploaded this on Monday:
The video description on YouTube lists “Persona Non Grata by Bright Eyes out March 24th at 12:30 p.m. ET on Dead Oceans,” so this very much sounds like a song premiere:
A few weeks back, before the coronavirus pandemic threw the entire music scene (and the world) in flux, the band — Oberst, Mike Mogis and Nathaniel Wolcott — had announced a reformation, with tour dates and new music planned for 2020.
The band’s website posted this in late January, announcing a reformation and activity to come in 2020:
After a 9 year hiatus, Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and Nathaniel Walcott have re-grouped to record and tour in 2020. In 2019, the trio returned to the studio to quietly begin work on new material — and late 2019 marked the band’s signing to indie label Dead Oceans.
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The most recent studio album from Bright Eyes was 2011’s The People’s Key, though band leader Oberst has kept plenty busy in the years since the group went on hiatus, releasing four albums under his own name, as well as the acclaimed 2019 Better Living Community Center album, a collaboration with Phoebe Bridgers.
Stay tuned –looks like we’ll get some news from Bright Eyes pretty soon.