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Smokey Brights

Locals Only Artist of the Month: November 2017

November 1, 2017


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It was Christmas 2010 when Ryan Devlin (guitar, vocals) and Kim West (keys, vocals) first sang together. As the two approached their first holiday season as a newly-formed couple, they looked at their woefully underfunded bank accounts and their long list of family and friends. Gift cards and baked goods weren’t going to cut it that year. The two decided to combine their mutual love of music and record a few of their favorite non-holiday-holiday songs to create a CD as a DIY gift. Distributed to a few dozen friends and family, this lofi collection of covers contained the seeds of what would become Smokey Brights.

On their newest effort, Come to Terms (Freakout Records) Smokeys have worked closely with British producer Sam Bell (R.E.M., Minus the Bear) to capture their most crystallized batch of songs yet. Come to Terms contains four songs about fresh divisions and the social chasms these divisions leave behind. Divisive politics, broken hearts, and absent dialogues are all brought to the surface and socially exercised. Though it’s is an airing of grievances, Come to Terms is not a record of despair, but instead invites the listener to snap out of it, start moving, and to rise above. In the final track of the record, "The Other Way," West and Devlin sing, “This is not the time to turn your back on what you see. Find the strength in you, and I will find the good in me.” Smokey Brights will be touring in November through the West Coast and South West and will be on the road extensively in 2018 in support of Come to Terms.