Modern rock n roll never sounds this fresh.
Smokey Brights are a rock and roll band based out of Seattle, WA fronted by husband and wife songwriting duo Ryan Devlin and Kim West. Though eclectic, the music tends towards the anthemic and psychedelic rock sounds of the 1970’s. Impose Magazine has called Smokey Brights "A modern bit of AM radio gold." Their music has been featured on MTV, NPR, and the band recently recorded a batch of custom animated “Moji’s” for Skype. The band’s profile has grown considerably in the Northwestern region of the states, recently opening for The Head and the Heart, Amadou and Miriam, Hooray for the Riff Raff, and David Bazan. Smokeys Brights last long player “Hot Candy,” released October 2016, was put into heavy rotation on KEXP, with a personal invitation to perform in studio on John Richard’s morning show the week the record came out.
On their newest effort, Come to Terms (out 1/26/18 on Freakout Records) Smokey Brights have worked closely with British producer Sam Bell (R.E.M., Weezer, 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 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.
THE REVUE “Whoa! This was the first reaction out of my mouth when hearing the awesome – really awesome – new single by Smokey Brights. This number has a bit of everything – the tantalizing, oft-kilter indie-rock of mid-career Blonde Redhead and The Thermals, the psychedelic undertones of Tame Impala and Temples, and even a touch of the jangle pop that characterizes the Melbourne scene (see Dick Diver).”
GLIDE MAGAZINE "There has never been a shortage of rock and roll bands, but it’s safe to say there is a shortage of bands taking a fresh approach to the genre at this point in time. Seattle quintet Smokey Brights, on the other hand, are doing exactly that."