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Bright Light Fever - Bright Light Fever Presents The Evening Owl
Record Label: Stolen Transmission
Release Date: October 24, 2006

Placerville, California's Bright Light Fever got one of the biggest breaks in their career at a time when the band was barely holding together. Evan Ferro felt that after a few years making a name for themselves that Bright Light Fever was beginning to wind down. While deciding whether to join his older brother Matt’s band Supermodel Suicide as a full-time vocalist, Ferro received a phone call from Stolen Transmission late in 2005 saying that they wanted to sign Bright Light Fever based on the demos Ferro had written years ago. Standing at a crossroads, Ferro decided to accept the record deal, and reformed Bright Light Fever with co-founder and bassist Dan Sauve and fellow Supermodel Suicide bandmates drummer Robert Torres and his guitarist/brother Matt. Bright Light Fever hit the studio with a second wind and fresh lineup and the outcome was Bright Light Fever Presents…The Evening Owl, the band’s debut Stolen Transmission release.

Bright Light Fever comes out swinging with “Broken Hands”, a high-energy rocker that is both gritty and dark, and yet has just the right hint of melodicism to engrain itself into subconscious so you find yourself singing it even when the record stops spinning. “Let’s Stay In” and “Mother Mary Blues” are gritty rock n’ roll tracks with a swagger that is often times absent from mainstream rock. Do not let these songs fool you into thinking Bright Light Fever is a “one trick pony” because not all the tracks are fueled with rock n’ roll swagger, songs like the introspective “Good Day, Good Day” find the band venturing into more melodic territory. The vocal tandem of the Ferro brothers fits well with the wispy, melodic guitar melodies of the song, and despite being the relative oddball in this collection of songs, is one of the strongest tracks on the album.

“Crowded Street In May” is a soul bearing piano ballad that evokes visions of smoke-filled clubs with dim lighting and a solitary Evan Ferro sitting behind the piano bearing his soul to a crowd gathered close around the stage. Although this track continues the prevailing theme of darkness and moodiness, the visions this track evokes are a far cry from the dark rock n’ roll sound that dominates the rest of the album.

Bright Light Fever Presents…The Evening Owl is an enjoyable rock album with an array of sonic textures that prevents the monotony that cripples so many albums trying to bring the “grittiness” back to rock n’ roll. The band does have some things to work on, but they have proven they are capable of creating catchy rock songs that do not need to be overly polished to effectively capture your attention. Equal parts rock n’ roll swagger and dance-rock’s ability to have you dancing in your seat, Bright Light Fever Presents…The Evening Owl is an album worthy of picking up.
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