Brighthead

Brighthead

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Kurt Riley & Brighthead are driven young men. Driven by an insatiable appetite for creativity, onstage energy, and mainstream success. With their roots firmly in the legends of the past, they move to become the heroes of tomorrow.

Kurt Riley & Brighthead are unlike anything you have ever seen.

Biography

Kurt Riley has been a musician since he was 14. Chess Records and the Rolling Stones smacked him upside the head and gave him identity in a world of conservatism and suburban ennui. With a rapacious appetite he learned instrument after instrument, honed his songwriting skills to a razor's edge, and set off on the path to the legendary status shared by his heroes. Inspired by the pomp of Queen, the boogie of T.Rex, the primal rhythms of Adam and the Ants, and the pop majesty of the Beatles, he wrote "Brighthead" in 2009, and recorded it with local South Florida legends Blond Fuzz (formerly Stonefox).

In early 2010, he put began assembling a live band to take "Brighthead" out on the road. Amir Sultan Roth had been in a previous band with Kurt - a new wave/post-punk/synth outfit called Champagne Days, in 2008. Soon they began rehearsing the material from "Brighthead" and auditioning other members as well.

On July 3rd, 2010, they made their live debut at the prestigious Propaganda in Lake Worth, FL. Catalonia, led by Evan Rowe, opened. Krueller, led by South Florida music scene legend Timb Krueller, was the main attraction. Timb was actually the one kindhearted enough to offer Kurt the chance to debut Brighthead at such a well-known venue.

Mark St. John had joined on keyboards, synthesizer, and rhythm guitar. Blond Fuzz frontman Jordan Asher Cruz (known at the show under pseudonym "Casino Brown") stepped in on bass guitar, replacing a former bassist who had quit unprofessionally the week before the show.

It was a resounding and unparalleled success. 25 copies of a limited-edition EP were created specifically for the show, with 5 songs from "Brighthead" contained within. Every single one was gone by night's end. The unanimous opinion was one of high praise for the intense energy and showmanship that Kurt Riley & Brighthead displayed.

From here, the sky is the limit. More shows are being booked. The B3 Network gains more fans each day. Jason Dzamba has stepped in to take the keyboards and guitar to a new level. Taylor Berryman has joined on bass, bolting down the foundation of the solid boogie they lay down. The Jango page is reaching new fans all across the globe, exponentially. Kurt Riley & Brighthead are iconoclastic in a time when pop music is almost universally understood to be at the apex of manufactured banality.

They are here to save rock n' roll.

Lyrics

Lifetime Savior

Written By: Kurt Riley

I live alone
I live at home
I live in constant rotation
From station to station
I walk back and forth

From contentment to tension
From art to pension; I wonder
Which mortal blunder
Will I commit?

Don't worry 'bout your money, it don't last forever
Have some fun today - get yourself together!
Don't worry 'bout your money, little pieces of paper
Don't let them become your lifetime savior

I walk a street
Clean and neat
Free of darkness and fear
I hide it in here
In the words I sing

On the screens
I see dreams
Of old men in power
People who cower
At their every word

Don't worry 'bout your money, it don't last forever
Have some fun today - get yourself together!
Don't worry 'bout your money, little pieces of paper
Don't let them become your lifetime savior

Good Love

Written By: Kurt Riley

She's one of the good ones
Just in my range
Makes me tingle all over
Makes me want to change

I think she's smiling at me
God, million-dollar smile
Could she really be looking?
There's other guys in the aisle

I need to find me a good love
Just like the kind momma told me to
I want to give you a good love
I wanna have good love with you

I'm so tired of being lonely
Yeah, I've been there for a while
So scared to open up
Should I return that smile?

She looks like I won't hurt her
She looks like she won't hurt me
Lord, I just want to be human!
Could that be her and me?

I need to find me a good love
Just like the kind momma told me to
I want to give you a good love
I wanna have good love with you

Tear down all your frightened fences
Let her in; don't mind the consequences
She's a woman; there's no need for defenses
Why should I resist against this?

I need to find me a good love
Just like the kind momma told me to
I want to give you a good love
I wanna have good love with you

I'm Not Afraid

Written By: Kurt Riley

There are bills in my mailbox I just can't pay
I have fear and loathing at the start of ev'ry day
I am trying to support my kids and my wife
No one ever told me that this would be my life

I lost my legs, busy running the race
You can see the years in the lines on my face
I am losing my hope, I am losing my faith!
Have we lost the nation, or just our place?

Well I know it's been so hard
Perhaps it's time for a brand new start
You may have humble pie tonight
But tomorrow, it's gonna be bright
So bright

I'm not afraid, ooh-ooh (3X)
I'm not afraid...

All the talking heads tell us to duck and cover
They tell us all to live in fear of one another
Diff'rent gods, diff'rent colors, diff'rent dollars, diff'rent looks
You can buy your way to heaven if you read the right book

Each day, a new monster wakes
From our happiness and love he takes and takes
"Be scared, consume, multiply and obey!"
This brave new world is still the same

Well I know it's been so hard
Perhaps it's time for a brand new start
You may have humble pie tonight
But tomorrow, it's gonna be bright
So bright

I'm not afraid, ooh-ooh (3X)
I'm not afraid...

Miss Bent

Written By: Kurt Riley

Miss Bent, you're bent and a-twisted, honey
A prize to put their cash on

Miss Bent, you're bent and a-slightly funny
You let them keep their hat on

We still want to know you
We still want to show you
You don't have to lie to us
Miss Bent

Mistakes you made in high school
Show up knockin' at your front door

Asking for a place to stay
And wondering what the look's for

Youth is given only once
And who are we to judge

But don't apologize when the welfare office
Holds a grudge

We still want to know you
We still want to show you
You don't have to lie to us
Miss Bent

Discography

"Brighthead" - coming soon.

Set List

1. Lifetime Savior
2. I'm Not Afraid
3. Jeepster (T.Rex cover)
4. Memphis Blues
5. Miss Bent
6. Free Your Mind
7. Good Love
8. Chinese Whispers

-encore-

9. Hang Fire (Rolling Stones cover)