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Bright Eyes is an indie rock band fronted by Conor Oberst, an American singer-songwriter from Nebraska. Bright Eyes is often classified as emo, although some people disagree with that label, including Oberst himself, who has referred to his music as folk.

Bright Eyes currently resides on the Saddle Creek record label, an Omaha-based label that is home to bands including Cursive, The Faint, and Rilo Kiley.

Conor Oberst is the only constant member of Bright Eyes; other musicians in the band change frequently. Oberst's vocal style and lyrics often have a desperate edge: He frequently sounds like he's on the verge of crying, or of having a nervous breakdown.

Oberst has stated that his lyrics do not necessarily reflect his personal experience, and are often similar to short stories. "Padriac My Prince," for example, tells of a mother drowning the narrator's brother in a bathtub, an event Oberst has stated is fictional. In interviews, Oberst has explained such situations are often required to achieve the emotive extremes he seeks.

Oberst has served in many bands since the age of 13, and currently is also the lead singer of Desaparecidos. Although there are some parallels between Desaparecidos and Bright Eyes, the lyrics of Desaparecidos tend to reflect more on society rather than individuals, and the music fits more to punk rock than folk.

In Early November, 2004, two Bright Eyes singles, Lua and Take it Easy (Love Nothing), reached the two top spots on the Billboard Hot 100 Single Sales, a remarkable feat for a musician on an independent label. This was the first time this has happened on the list in seven years.
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Bright Eyes is the musical vehicle of Conor Oberst, a young singer-songwriter from Nebraska, who first attracted the attention of the indie music world in 1994 — when he was just 14-years old — as the singer and guitarist for Commander Venus. After releasing two albums, Commander Venus broke up, but not before the band members started their own record label, Saddle Creek. Since then, Saddle Creek has served as the outlet for such bands as Cursive and Lullaby for the Working Class, as well as Oberst's current project, Bright Eyes. Incorporating a rotating line-up of players, Bright Eyes is anchored by Oberst's frayed lyrics and his shivering, unnerving voice.

Bright Eyes' first two albums, A Collection of songs written and recorded between 1995-1997 and Letting Off the Happiness were released in 1998. The latter was recorded with help from members of Neutral Milk Hotel and Of Montreal among others. The EP Every Day and Every Night followed in 1999, and in mid-2000 Bright Eyes released the acclaimed Fevers and Mirrors. Oh Holy Fools was issued a year later. Oberst took time to dedicate to his Desaparecidos project before returning to the studio in 2002. Lifted or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground was released that summer. In 2004, Bright Eyes released several EPs, including Home, Vol.4, a collaboration with Spoon's Britt Daniel and One Jug of Wine, Two Vessels.

Letting Off the Happiness (1998)
Fevers and Mirrors (2000)
A Collection of Songs: Recorded 1995-1997 (2000)
Lifted or the Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground (2002)
Vinyl Box Set (7 LP's) (2003) This collection contains Oberst's first five releases plus bonus material.
Digital Ash in a Digital Urn (2005)
I'm Wide Awake It's Morning (2005)

EPs / Singles
Every Day and Every Night EP (1999)
Don't Be Frightened Of Turning The Page (2001)
Oh Holy Fools: The Music of Son, Ambulance & Bright Eyes (2001)
Drunk Kid Catholic CDS (2001)
There Is No Beginning To The Story EP (2002)
Lover I Don't Have To Love CDS (2002)
Take It Easy (Love Nothing) CDS (2004) from Digital Ash in A Digital Urn
Lua CDS (2004) from I'm Wide Awake It's Morning
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