Watch Bright Eyes Play Together for the First Time in Nearly a Decade on “Colbert”

Conor Oberst’s band performed their new song “Mariana Trench” from their newly announced album.

So far there’s been no word of future plans for Better Oblivion Community Center in 2020—but Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst have more than made up for that with respective releases from their main projects. The latter’s new album with Bright Eyes—the lengthily titled Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was—was finally revealed yesterday (along with the eccentric new press photo pictured above), and it will be released August 21 via Dead Oceans. And while we probably won’t be getting that Bright Eyes tour we were promised earlier this year, the band did manage to play their first show together in nearly ten years last night.

The trio—and plenty of additional players—offered a promising look at their live set-up with a performance of their new track “Mariana Trench” on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. It’s no Flea-and-a-full-choir, but the backing vocalists and horn section give the clip a three-dimensional feel we’ve been missing in a lot of the live streams we’ve been ingesting over the past few months. Watch the clip below.


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