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Bright Light Bright Light

London, England, United Kingdom

London, England, United Kingdom
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"5 stars"

As reinventions go, this one's practically of Plan B proportions. Rod Thomas, you may recall, could be found strumming away on the underground until a couple of years ago, at which point he embarked on a self-released string of singles that were among the finest flashes of acoustica in the entire noughties. Sadly, though, they were also among the most overlooked, and so, with more than a little prescience given the subsequent emergence of Hurts/Monarchy/et al, he got himself a drummer and a tenuous tower of keyboards and decided that synth-pop duodom was clearly the way forward. Frankly, there was nothing to suggest that this was ever going to work at all, so imagine our joy when it turns out to be one of the most breathtaking live experiences around...
Really, though, that shouldn't be so shocking; after all, he's still an astute observer of relationships, and retains the almost-quaint charm and nigh-on supernatural twinkliness of his earlier incarnation. Recast in the electronic sphere, however, there's a shiny sheen to these songs that dazzles hypnotically and hares through hitherto unexpected reference points with a cavalier cackle – explicitly in the case of his Womack and Womack steal, thematically where his debt to Depeche Mode is concerned, and rife all round with fearsome Frankmusikisms – while the high points are all but gasping for air. 'Love Part II''s exactly the sort of work that'd restore Pet Shop Boys to their richly-recalled imperial glory in instants, while there's a point in the winningly named 'Disco Moment' where Thomas' vocals abruptly shift from sleeve-hearted holler a la a young Peter Gabriel to near-whispered confidence and the entire audience messily melt simultaneously. As ideas go, then, this was a much smarter shift than it'd seemed, so much so, in fact, that Bright Light Bright Light have just outshone every other gig this year. - The Fly


Discography

'A New Word To Say' free download single March 2010.

Airplay: Radio 1 - Huw Stephens, Bethan Elfyn, Rob Da Bank. 6music - Lauren Laverne, Gideon Coe, Steve Lamacq. NME Radio - Jon Hillcock, James Theaker. XFM - John Kennedy

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"One of the best 100 things about pop music" - Popjustice.
"A seriously good songwriter" - The Guardian
""One of the most breathtaking live experiences around... Bright Light Bright Light have just outshone every other gig this year." - The Fly [5 stars]

Rod Thomas grew up in the South Wales Valleys, and moved to London making folk music with added disco beats. He started remixing others (James Yuill, Sam Isaac), and got in touch with Boom Bip (Neon Neon) and Andy Chatterley (Kanye West/Unkle/Kylie), and developed his sound into a more dancefloor-friendly, electronic version of classic songwriting.

Bright Light Bright Light is the resulting project, and although still very new, has been seen supporting The Noisettes and Marina & The Diamonds, and been noted on Radio 1, 6music and NME radio.

Rod has been pulled in to remix Nerina Pallot, Ellie Goulding, Goldie Lookin Chain and a long line of others.

Rod's songs have also sparked the interest of PNAU, Name The Pet and James Yuill for co-writing, and Del Marquis of Scissor Sisters who lended his vocal and guitar skills to the b-side to the debut single proper in September 2010.

Bright Light Bright Light is currently managed by Crown, who also represent Ellie Goulding, The Noisettes, Penguin Prison, Frankmusic and VV Brown.