Bright Eyes may have been accompanied by strings, woodwinds, and a small choir, but as is the case anytime they perform, the eye is naturally drawn to Conor Oberst. He appeared with mall goth hair hiding his eyes while wearing a dark hoodie and a brace around his left wrist. On the words, “Please don’t resuscitate/ Make an example out of me,” he tore at his chest, and as he sang, “And I’m spinning it fast/ As the band plays,” he twirled about the stage.
It wasn’t what you’d call skilled dancing. But the movements were committed and painfully earnest, as the 42-year-old threw his whole body into putting on a show. Check out “Dance and Sing” below.
In February, Bright Eyes announced an ambitious archival project that will see them re-issue each of their nine albums alongside a new companion EP of re-recorded songs accompanied by a cover of an artist they found inspiring at the time. Last month, the band teamed up with Phoebe Bridgers for a cover of Elliot Smith’s “St. Ides Heaven,” which will appear on the companion EP to the reissue of 1998’s Letting Off the Happiness. It arrives May 27th, and pre-orders are ongoing.
You can catch Bright Eyes live on their ongoing tour. Tickets are available here.