Bern & the Brights

Bern & the Brights

 Montclair, New Jersey, USA
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Bern the Brights are a romantic pop-rock band. Danceable and melodic folk rock for fans of Tegan Sara, Feist, and Ra Ra Riot.


Bern & the Brights is an indie rock duo from Northern New Jersey that includes songwriters/musicians Bernadette Malavarca and Catherine McGowan. 

Wartime Lullaby (EP) (2008)
Swing Shift Maisies (EP) (2010)
Starchild/Lost in the Sea (vinyl single) (2011)
Work (EP) 2012
"Call It Off" (Tegan and Sara cover) 2013

Bern & the Brights have performed with Butch Walker, Rhett Miller, Mike Doughty, Nicole Atkins, Living Colour, Melissa Ferrick, Allo Darlin’, Ian Hunter, The Baseball Project, The Wombats, Fishbone, Chiddy Bang, Val Emmich, Hank & Cupcakes, The Dirty Urchins, and My Pet Dragon.

- Union County Music Fest with Spoon, OK GO, and Soul Asylum
- Dewey Beach Music Conference, 2012
- Yelp! Brooklyn Summer Fest
- MOVE Music Fest
- Utica Music Fest
- Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Fest
- Hoboken Arts Fest

- Webster Hall (ballroom)
- Webster Hall (studio)
- City Winery
- Rockwood Music Hall
- The Stone Pony
- Maxwell’s
- House of Blues (Atlantic City)
- Mexicali Live

-Outstanding EP/Hoboken Music Awards 2012 - For EP Work
- “As Long As I’m Alive” on College Radio Day compilation with We Are Scientists
- SuperCuts Rock the Cut Artist (“Starchild” added to 2,000+ stores’ playlist)
- Reverbnation Homepage Featured Artist, April 2012
- 2nd Place (out of 1,400 national bands) in the Virgin Mobile Contest
- “Sleepless Aristotle” in weekly rotation on Music Choice: Adult Alternative
- Disc of the Week, 08/02/10 | The Aquarian Weekly
- Won two 2010 Hoboken Music Awards: Oustanding Band and Oustanding EP
- Band to Watch | and
- 101.9RXP Bands of 2010 (Nominated by DJ Rich Russo)
- Aquarian Weekly’s 2012, 2011, and 2010 On the Verge Band
- “May in New York” | 2009 songwriting contest winner, 101.9 RXP
- Radio Airplay on 101.9 RXP The Rock Show with Matt Pinfield and Leslie Framm
- “Dismantled” 2009 MEISA Best Song, selected by “DMC” Darryl McDaniels
- Named in the top 50 Emerging Artists of NYC for 2008 by The Deli Magazine


Work (EP) 2012
Starchild (Single) 2011
Swing Shift Maisies (EP) 2010
Wartime Lullaby (EP) 2008
It's Not You, It's Me (Bern, solo full-length, 2004)

Set List

We can fill up to a 3 hour set length. We can perform full band or acoustically in any formation, with hand percussion.

"Under My Skirt"
"When It's Real"
"Sangria Peaches"
"Army of Dead Souls"
"Feeling Over This"
"Out of the Haze"
"May in New York"
"Get Your Heart Out of Your Head"
"Irish Boys"
"Sleepless Aristotle"
"God's Country"
"It Goes Like That"
"I See Red"
"Rub Me Raw"
"In the Dark"
"Swimmer's Ear on the Strait and Narrow"
"Theives, Creeps, and Automatons"