@ZackTeibloom After seeing half a dozen young bands at Oh Snap! festival, it was time to see the men. Bright Light Social Hour came out balls to the wall and let their masculinity flail around with abandon all set long. Before they went on stage, a gray-haired photographer came up to guitarist Curtis Roush and told him he was the best guitar player in Austin. I scoffed to myself, thinking it was mighty high praise, but was intrigued to see if it was at all valid. Turned out it was.
Roush shreds. Whether he’s slicing up his guitar with a slide or melting faces on a solo or pounding out blues with bassist Jack ‘O’Brien, he’s a force to be reckoned with. It’s not coincidence his name is one letter off from rough. And as blistering as Roush is, O’Brien and his world-class mustache steal the spotlight just as much. Just a couple of songs into their set, it was clear why they were picked to play ACL in 2009 out of the 1,500+ bands who entered in the Sound and the Jury contest. Bright Light Social Hour is raw and sexual, but has a polished set of banter and hooks for their live show. The sing-a-long chorus of “I! Need! Your! Love!” and the build up to the “Sit on my face!” call that builds endlessly until that sweet release comes. As hard as they rock (I couldn’t help but throw up the “too much rock for one hand” sign on the reg, they’re easy to dance to (and not just because of all the light rigs on stage.) Bright Light Social Hour ended the set with a roaring “Young Man Blues” that The Who would have been proud of (If The Who weren’t the kinds of miserable bastards who wouldn’t be proud of anyone.)