TUNE Better Oblivion Community Center - Better Oblivion Community Center - 'Dylan Thomas' (Dead Oceans)
PHOEBE BRIDGERS & CONOR OBERST SUPRISE DROP DEBUT LP BETTER OBLIVION COMMUNITY CENTRE
- brand new single ‘Dylan Thomas’ impacting 15th March
- new self titled album out now digitally via Dead Oceans, available physically 22nd February
- first ever live TV performance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
The rumors percolating since summer on fansites, Reddit boards and Twitter were finally confirmed last night when, at midnight EST, an album entitled Better Oblivion Community Center by Better Oblivion Community Center appeared on DSPs, shortly followed by a live performance of “Dylan Thomas” on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert on CBS.
The new band, formed by Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst, kept their plans under wraps for months as they wrote and recorded in Los Angeles in the summer and fall of 2018. By the tail end of the year rumors were swirling and a mysterious phone number appeared on social media platforms. Fans of both artists began receiving enigmatic brochures in the mail and a bus stop advertising the Better Oblivion Community Center appeared in their hometown of LA. The album - released by Dead Oceans - appeared, without warning, on DSPs and within the hour the band were performing - for the very first time! - on network television.
Produced by Bridgers, Oberst and long time Oberst/Bright Eyes collaborator Andy LeMaster, Better Oblivion Community Center features the work of several talented friends: Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ guitarist Nick Zinner appears on two tracks (first single “Dylan Thomas” and “Dominoes”) while Carla Azar (Autolux, Jack White) plays drums on half of the album. Dawes’ rhythm section Wylie Gelber and Griffin Goldsmith appear on the other half. Singer/songwriter Christian Lee Hutson contributes guitar and Anna Butterss provides bass. Zinner joined Phoebe and Conor for their live performance on Stephen Colbert, along with the touring band, Emily Retsas, Elizabeth Goodfellow and Christian Lee Hutson.
Better Oblivion Community Center will perform on CBS’ This Morning on Saturday, January 26th.
Better Oblivion Community Center tracklist:
1. I Didn’t Know What I Was In For
3. Dylan Thomas
4. Service Road
5. Exception To The Rule
7. My City
8. Forest Lawn
9. Big Black Heart
Upcoming UK tour dates:
5/10 - Bristol, UK @ 02 Academy Bristol
5/11 - London, UK @ Shepherd's Bush Empire
5/12 - Manchester, UK @ Ritz