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Shining Light Brights 

The NSCC grads release their CD, Thursday at the Paragon.

"It was a planned break, but not a break, just a pause," jokes Chad Harrington awkwardly over some tea at a downtown cafe.

The bass player described his band's recent hiatus with deadpan delivery, rousing laughs from bandmates Bethany Fulde (vocals) and Andrew Dahms (drums). Turns out financial obligations landed Fulde in Prince Edward Island this summer, forcing a break, er, pause, but one that was refreshing no less. "You just appreciate it more, you get to come back and practice, and just fall back into it, and realize what you were missing," Fulde explains.

The Light Brights are the product of a friendship stuck at NSCC's Music Arts Program two years ago, where they learned not only about music, but the business acumen behind it. The band then applied this model to fit their own DIY aesthetic: handling everything from recording and management, to silk-screening their own t-shirts.

The trio's sound is a conflation of homespun indie-pop (on MySpace they list Joel Plaskett and Wintersleep as influences) and baby-boomer standbys like Bonnie Raitt, who informs Fulde's vocal stylings.

Their new album, The World's A Changin', is being released online (on Bandcamp and iTunes) and in physical form, examining some socially conscious themes. "When it comes to the environmental or anti-corporate scenes, it is something that is very important to us---we're not just going to write about shopping, and boys," Fulde says, taking a stab at the vapid lyrics of today's pop stars. It's true; you really wouldn't catch Katy Perry singing "The earth keeps spinning, and keeps begging for help/It's fucked up more than we understand" (from "Do They Know"), nor would you believe her.

After the CD release party tonight, the band has Ontario in mind for a potential November tour, which would mark their first jaunt outside of the Maritimes. Fulde reaffirms their excitement: "We've been waiting to get out on the road, it's just a matter of having something that we've been proud of---we have that now."

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