Jimmy, drummer of Brighten, will be heading to Africa this summer to teach soccer to children. A donation link to help pay for expenses can be found on the band's myspace.
MessageI'm going to Nairobi, Kenya to teach soccer camps and hang out with children in some of the worst slums in the world. I've been wanting to do this for so long and God finally opened the door for me to go. I will be leaving July 22nd and be back around August 12th. My trip will cost $3,000 for airfare and day to day cost while being there (2/3 airfare). I really need your help! It will be a life-changing experience and I believe that this is the perfect way to show people Jesus Christ’s love first hand. Thank you...
Joe DeAndrea on 03/25/08 - 01:07 PM
Last night at a Brighten show in Tampa, the band told fans that the name of their new EP will be Early Love.

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Joe DeAndrea on 03/21/08 - 07:22 PM
Head to the replies to watch a video message from Brighten, who is currently on the road with Envy On The Coast.
Rohan Kohli on 03/21/08 - 11:40 AM
Brighten will soon begin working on a brand new EP.

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Joe DeAndrea on 02/09/08 - 10:52 AM
The Maine has been forced to drop off their west coast tour with Number One Gun and Brighten.
Message from the BandHey everyone! We have some news that might not sound good right now but you will be happy in the long run we promise! We are forced to cancel the shows that we had with Number one Gun and Brighten on the West coast. This is due to the fact that we are going to be recording our record starting the 14th of January! We promise that we will come back to all those places that we had shows booked at as soon as we can!! We are going to be hitting the road for the whole year as soon as the record is done!!!! So you might be asking how this is good news at all? Well this just means...
Jamie Pham on 12/27/07 - 04:55 PM
Brighten's music video for their Christmas song "Merry Christmas Baby" featuring John of The Maine can be seen in the replies.

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Adrian Villagomez on 12/20/07 - 07:57 AM
Dates for the Number One Gun Tour featuring Number One Gun, Brighten, The Maine, Secret and Whisper, and Sever Your Ties have been announced. They can be seen in the replies.

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Blake Solomon on 12/12/07 - 01:43 PM
So the holidays are around the corner and it's time to start waxing nostalgic with indie rock holiday tunes, right? Well AP has some friends with some new yuletide jams to share. Head to Brighten's AP Profile for a holiday ABSOLUTExclusive, a stream of their new song "Merry Christmas Baby," also featuring The Maine. Then, in the spirit of giving, check out our new contest from The Maine to win some of their merch. Another holiday exclusive is coming to town tomorrow!
Garett Press on 11/29/07 - 04:22 PM
Brighten will be going out on a west coast tour with The Morning Light, We Shot The Moon and The Cab at the end of this month. Dates can be seen in the replies.

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Joe DeAndrea on 11/18/07 - 01:42 PM
Brighten has put a new song on their myspace called "Love Me Honestly".

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Joe DeAndrea on 11/12/07 - 02:13 PM
We Shot The Moon, Brighten, The Morning Light, and The Cab will be doing a west coast tour in late November/December; details will be made available shortly.
Rohan Kohli on 11/06/07 - 06:49 PM
Brighten have made "Single Millionaires" available for streaming on their myspace profile. The track is taken from the trio's latest effort, King vs. Queen, which is available now courtesy of Carbon Copy Media.

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Brandon Allin on 09/28/07 - 01:55 PM
For all of you who had planned on attending tomorrow's show at the Trocadero in Philadelphia, PA with Brighten, The Morning Light, and The Maine, the show has unfortunately been canceled. Instead of wasting a day, the bands are still going to be showing up at the venue and want all the kids to meet them there. They will be meeting everyone at the venue at 6 PM and then be moving to an yet to be determined location nearby where they will be playing acoustic, selling merch, and grilling hot dogs for everyone who comes to hang out.
Joe DeAndrea on 07/17/07 - 10:04 PM
The Morning Light will begin their first US tour this Sunday, and will be going out with Brighten and The Maine. For all confirmed tour dates, check below; the West Coast portion will be announced shortly.
Tour Dates*7/15 – Baltimore, Md – Fletchers w/ Valencia, Self Against City, Forever The Sickest Kids
7/16 – Vienna, VA – Jammin Java w/ My Favorite Highway & Powerspace
7/17 – Columbia, MD – Columbia Lake Front
7/18 – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero Balcony
7/19 – Rock Tavern, NY – Harmony Grange
7/20 – South Hackensack, NJ – School of Rock
7/21 – Sterling, VA – Sterling Community Center
7/22 – Wilton, CT – Trackside
7/24 – Natick, MA – Slammin Hall
7/25 – Dover, NH – Dover...
Rohan Kohli on 07/12/07 - 04:45 PM
Hawthorne Heights has launched a new web site in support of their forthcoming June tour, which features From First to Last, Secondhand Serenade, Brighten, and Powerspace as support.
Rohan Kohli on 04/18/07 - 03:08 PM
A message and video from Brighten can be found below.
Message From The BandRight now we are looking for a place to settle in and call home. We have been through some rough times over the past year or so. For the record, Carbon Copy was very good to us. JT and Mark have become some close friends of ours.

So untill we decide on where we are going to stay, we are just going to be touring a lot and meeting new people and just doing what we do. We are selling a 9 song record with us. So come get it!

We (Brighten) are really excited to be going out with Hawthorne Heights, From First To Last, Secondhand Serenade, and Powerspace! We are stoked to do this tour because we get to see all of...
Rohan Kohli on 04/14/07 - 06:03 AM
Brighten have posted a new song on their myspace. Look for the band to announce some new tour dates on Monday as well as throw up some new video.
Jared Kaufman on 04/13/07 - 06:37 AM
A video update from Number One Gun, in which Justin from Brighten can be seen lending guest vocals to a track during the band's current recording process, can be seen in the replies.

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Brandon Allin on 04/01/07 - 02:18 PM
Apparently Brighten's new album King vs Queen was released yesterday without the band knowing it.

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Rohan Kohli on 03/21/07 - 03:38 PM
Brighten have posted the new song "Treasure Island" on their myspace page.
Joe DeAndrea on 03/10/07 - 01:33 PM
This Providence, Brighten, Goodbye Tomorrow, and Danger Radio will be heading out together on a West Coast tour; dates will be announced shortly.
Rohan Kohli on 02/28/07 - 10:14 PM
Brighten has posted a new song titled "More Vacations" on myspace.
Rohan Kohli on 02/13/07 - 04:42 PM
Brighten have posted a video for "The Better Way," which you can see in the replies. Expect their upcoming album, King vs. Queen to be out in either March or April. Lastly, they have been added to the Cute Is What We Aim For, All Time Low, and This Providence tour.
Tony Pascarella on 01/08/07 - 06:50 AM
Brighten's latest effort, King Vs. Queen, will not be coming out in late October now. No new release date has been announced yet.

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Jared Kaufman on 09/04/06 - 09:26 AM
Both Brighten and Ivory's Carbon Copy Media (JT of Hawthorne Heights' label) debuts have been pushed back to an October 31st release date.
Rohan Kohli on 07/14/06 - 07:42 PM
Below is the first leg of cities and states for the upcoming Brighten, Lydia, Waking Ashland, and This Holiday Life tour.
Tour DatesAugust 15 Seattle, WA
August 16 Spokane, WA
August 17 Seattle, WA
August 18 Portland, OR
August 19 Ashland, OR
August 20 Chico, CA
August 22 Roseville, CA
August 23 San Francisco, CA
August 24 Los Angeles, CA
August 25 San Diego, CA
August 26 Tempe, AZ
August 27 Tucson, AZ
August 28 El Paso, TX
August 29 San Antonio, TX
August 31 Dallas, TX
September 1 Little Rock, AR
September 2 Lafayette, LA
September 3 Tallahassee, FL
September 5 Tampa, FL
September 6 Orlando, FL
September 7 Jacksonville, FL
September 8 Atlanta, GA
September 9 Greensboro, NC
Ryan Imhof on 07/06/06 - 03:53 PM
Brighten's new album King Vs. Queen is due in stores October 3rd on Carbon Copy Media.

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Melissa Johnson on 06/25/06 - 05:21 PM
Could there be a Waking Ashland, Lydia, Brighten tour shaping up for this August/September? Damn straight.
Rohan Kohli on 06/21/06 - 02:04 PM
Read an interview with Brighten.

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Jared Kaufman on 05/09/06 - 07:33 AM
Click here (PDF) to read Synthesis Magazine's interview with Brighten. Some lame web site gets mentioned.
Rohan Kohli on 03/14/06 - 11:13 AM
Brighten's "Ready When You Are" is available for download on the band's MySpace page for this week only. The band is currently a featured artist on MySpace along with The Streets - ya know, like on the front page and stuff.
Rohan Kohli on 03/09/06 - 12:43 AM
Brighten has posted a video from their recent tour with Lydia. Check it out on their MySpace.
Jared Kaufman on 02/23/06 - 02:17 PM
The sexy fools in Lydia have a brand new web site. Make sure you check them out on their current tour with Brighten; tell them they've got a cool web site.
Tour DatesFeb 8 2006 5:30P The Avalon theater Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 9 2006 6:00P Higgins Hall Missoula, MT
Feb 10 2006 6:00P The Big Dipper Spokane, WA
Feb 11 2006 6:00P The Alladin Theater Portland, OR
Feb 13 2006 6:00P The Underground Roseville, CA
Feb 14 2006 6:00P CJ'S Paso Robles, CA
Feb 15 2006 6:30P Smart City Grinds Azusa, CA
Feb 16 2006 8:00P Chapman College Orange, CA
Feb 17 2006 6:00P The Bean Bar San Diego, CA
Rohan Kohli on 02/08/06 - 01:48 PM
Carbon Copy Media, JT of Hawthorne Heights' label, is pleased to welcome Chico, California's Brighten to their roster. In addition to Brighten, the label's lineup includes IVORY, Ellison, and Asteria. Below is the press release:
Press ReleaseChico, California's own BRIGHTEN has inked a deal with Carbon Copy Media. BRIGHTEN borrows just as much from James Taylor as they do from Jimmy Eat World to create a sound that is completely fresh. Expect the indie world to be singing along with BRIGHTEN all spring while the band is on tour with Eisley. This NorCal 3 piece will hit the studio shortly after their tour to record their first full length for Carbon Copy Media.
Rohan Kohli on 02/08/06 - 01:25 PM
I have attached the tour poster (which includes the dates and venues) for the upcoming "Pray For No Snow" tour, featuring Lydia and Brighten, in the replies.
Rohan Kohli on 01/25/06 - 03:25 PM
Eisley has just announced the dates for their spring headlining tour with Brighten as main support. You can check out the dates here.

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Frank Giaramita on 01/12/06 - 07:18 AM
I have posted my review for Brighten's stellar EP, Ready When You Are, right here. To accompany the review, I have made the title track off the EP a featured download. Click here (right click > save as) to directly download the song. Enjoy.
Rohan Kohli on 01/10/06 - 12:42 PM
Below is the routing for the upcoming Lydia and Brighten tour. As you can see, many dates need to be filled. If you can help out with any of the shows, please email lydiamusic@hotmail.com.
Tour DatesFeb 4 2006 6:00P pinetop pinetop, AZ
Feb 5 2006 6:00P the compound albuquerque, NM
Feb 6 2006 8:00P tba denver, CO
Feb 7 2006 6:00P tba grand junction, CO
Feb 8 2006 5:30P Lo Fi salt lake city, UT
Feb 9 2006 6:00P the crystal theater missoula, MT
Feb 10 2006 6:00P The big dipper spokane, WA
Feb 11 2006 6:00P The Alladin Theater portland, OR
Feb 12 2006 6:00P tba seattle, WA
Feb 13 2006 6:00P tba eugene, OR
Feb 14 2006 6:00P tba redding, CA
Feb 15 2006 ...
Rohan Kohli on 01/09/06 - 12:01 PM
Lydia and Brighten will be hitting the road together in February; dates should be announced shortly.

Note: I recommend checking out both of these bands if you haven't done so already.
Rohan Kohli on 01/06/06 - 11:30 AM
Brighten has posted some new tracks from their latest EP, Ready When You Are, on their MySpace page. The band will be heading out this spring on Eisley's final "Room Noises" tour; dates coming soon.

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Rohan Kohli on 12/25/05 - 07:18 PM
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