Nonstop Sound spoke with Conor Oberst and Bright Eyes members Mike Mogis and Nate Walcott before their headlining sunset set at the Williamsburg Waterfront -- they let us know their latest isn't their last.
This behind the scenes preview in comprised of footage taken of all the events leading up to the taping. Most of the performance shown in this video is from the rehearsal.
Monsters of Folk: From the ACL taping program on October 6, 2010:
Take one part My Morning Jacket, add one part She & Him and two parts Bright Eyes, and the result is a pristine super-group incorporating four exceptional artists that define the current indie-folk generation appropriately titled Monsters of Folk. Though not strangers to the Austin City Limits stage separately, tonight they make their onstage debut under this monicor performing songs from their self-titled debut album.
Monster of Folk incorporates prolific musicians Conor Oberst, the songwriter and driving force behind Bright Eyes who defined the Omaha sound with his shivering vocals and melodic folk tracks as he became hailed to be "the next Dylan”; Jim James, falsetto-driven frontman of reverb-drenched alt-country group My Morning Jacket; M. Ward, American country-folk solo artist and half of the indie-pop duo She & Him; and producer/multi-instrumentalist Mike Mogis, frequent Oberst collaborator and Bright Eyes mainstay.
The quartet started playing together in 2004 for a slew of shows in the Northeast under the moniker “An Evening With: Bright Eyes, Jim James and M. Ward” but didn’t wrap up their debut album in the midst of touring with respective projects. “It was never a question of where or how – it was just when,” says Ward of Monsters of Folk’s studio debut. “We knew we wanted to record an album after seeing that we had good chemistry on tour.”
Their 2009 eponymous self-titled debut has been described as “a stunning record — cohesive and consistent and ambitious for how much ground it covers” [Esquire] and a "harmonious and occasionally electrified blend of folk-rock, country and white soul” [USA Today].
The definitive video history of Conor Oberst - mastermind of Bright Eyes. Conor has been described as "The New Bob Dylan" and is one of the most prolific artists making music today - with 6 albums under the moniker Bright Eyes, numerous EPs and one solo album. Interview by John Norris. Produced by Conor Bezane, who spells his first name the same way.