| Bright Eyes Announce New Album Five Dice, All Threes for September 20 Along With New Track “Bells and Whistles” and a EU Tour & Select US Dates Announcement -

Bright Eyes Announce New Album Five Dice, All Threes for September 20 Along With New Track “Bells and Whistles” and a EU Tour & Select US Dates Announcement

Posted on 06/25/2024

Bright Eyes have announced their new album, Five Dice, All Threes, for release on September 20th via Dead Oceans. Comprised of Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis, and Nate Walcott, the beloved band’s 10th studio album features guest performances from long-time friends Cat Power, The National’s Matt Berninger, and The So So Glos’ Alex Orange Drink. Alongside today’s album news comes the release of the first track, “Bells and Whistles,” and a slew of tour dates for the United States and Europe, including headline slots at Riot Fest and BFF Festival. All shows are listed below.

“Bells and Whistles” is a rollicking, anthemic bop that gallavants from NY to LA, its lacerating lyrics referencing Banksy, Princess Diana, the Mets, Silverlake stalwart bar Edendale, music biz pitfalls, and Kevin Costner’s greatest film. The lighthearted video, directed by Josh Boone, was filmed in Omaha, Nebraska and features a magical photobooth, a bar fight, and a performance.

Of the track, Conor Oberst says, “This is a song about the many little details in life that can seem insignificant or frivolous or temporary at the time but eventually end up forming your destiny. And it’s also kind of a whistle while you work scenario.”


Self-produced, and recorded at Mike and Conor’s studio, ARC, in Omaha, Nebraska, Five Dice, All Threes is a record of uncommon intensity and tenderness, communal exorcism and personal excavation. These are, of course, qualities that fans have come to expect from Bright Eyes, nearly three decades into their career. The tight-knit band of Conor, Mike and Nate tends to operate in distinct sweeping movements: each unique in its sound and story but unified by a sense of ambition and ever-growing emotional stakes. Even with this rich history behind them, these new songs exude a visceral thrill like nothing they have attempted before. Conor has always sung in a voice that conveys a sense of life-or-death gravity. At times throughout Five Dice, All Threes, you may feel worried for him; other times, he may seem like the only one with the clarity to get us out of this mess.


As is usual with Bright Eyes’ work, the music comes loaded with subtext that invites deep listening—the signature touch of a band who has always honored the album as its own exalted work of art. With the new songs the trio embrace the elusive quality that has made them so enduring and influential across generations and genres, bringing their homespun sound from an Omaha bedroom to devoted audiences around the world. In Conor’s songwriting lies a promise that our loneliest thoughts and feelings can take on grander shapes when passed between friends, blasted through speakers, or shouted among crowds. Five Dice, All Threes is as confessional and unguarded as Conor has sounded in years. Throughout these timelessly constructed yet unabashedly modern songs, he earns his place among a rare class of songwriters who have grown more fearless and boundless with age.

In the game of threes, the titular move would indicate a perfect roll. Perfection, however, means something different in the world of Bright Eyes, where our flaws are what grants us authority and finding meaning is only possible if we bear witness to the dark, winding journey to get there. On Five Dice, All Threes, Bright Eyes embrace these beliefs with music that feels thrillingly alive, as if we were all in the room with them, shouting along and gaining the strength to move forward together. It doesn’t just sound like classic Bright Eyes. It sounds like their future, too.

Bright Eyes on Tour
Thursday, September 19 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel

Saturday, September 21 – Chicago, IL – Riot Fest

Sunday, September 22 – Omaha, NE – Steelhouse Omaha

Friday, October 11- Oakland, CA – Fox Theater

Saturday, October 12 – Los Angeles, CA – The Bellwether

Sunday, October 13 – Las Vegas, NV – Best Friends Forever Music Festival

Sunday, November 10 – Wolverhampton, UK – Wulfrun Hall

Monday, November 11 – London, UK – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Tuesday, November 12 – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Doornroosje

Wednesday, November 13 – Ghent, Belgium – Ha Concerts

Thursday, November 14 – Cologne, Germany – Carlswerk Victoria

Friday, November 15 – Berlin, Germany – Tempodrom

Saturday, November 16 – Weissenhauser Strand, Germany – Rolling Stone Beach

Monday, November 18 – Stockholm, Sweden – Fållan

Tuesday, November 19 – Oslo, Norway – Parkteatret

Five Dice, All Threes

Released 09/20/2024

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