Watch Bright Eyes’ First Performance in Nine Years on ‘Colbert’

    Bright Eyes played their new song ‘Mariana Trench’ on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, marking their first live performance in nearly a decade. In addition to regular members Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis, and Nathaniel Walcott, the performance also included Lucius on backup vocals and Anna Buttress on bass. Check it out below.

    The group’s last performance was at Honolulu’s Hawaii Theatre, in November of 2011. Since then, Conor Oberst has been involved in various projects, including Better Oblivion Community Center with Phoebe Bridgers. Earlier this year, Bright Eyes announced their big comeback with a now-postponed tour and a series of singles, including ‘Persona Non Grata’ ‘Forced Convalescence’, ‘One And Done’, and most recently, ‘Mariana Trench’.

    On Monday, the band officially announced their first new album in nine years called Down in the Weeds Where the World Once Was, which is set for release on August 21 via Dead Oceans. The follow-up to 2011’s People’s Key features contributions from Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ Flea on bass and Queens of the Stone Age’s Jon Theodore on drums.

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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