Bright Eyes Going Sci-Fi With A Touch of the Pixies

(Gibson) Conor Oberst is going cerebral on the new Bright Eyes album, The People's Key. The release has a lot to do with science fiction and dwells on the subjects of space, time and humanity. Speaking to Spinner.com, Oberst revealed the authors and musicians who inspired the album, due out February 15.

"I really like Margaret Atwood. She wrote The Handmaid's Tale, and she has two books called Oryx and Crake and After the Flood, they're sort of companion pieces -- not sequels, but very similar," Oberst said. "Arthur C. Clarke has the book Childhood of Man, which is kind of a touchstone. Obviously Vonnegut, his stuff. Orson Welles, Jules Verne, all that stuff is interesting to me. Those two in particular really predicted things that were right around the corner, a century ahead."

Musically, Oberst said that the new album draws from alt-rock giants the Pixies. "Oh, I love the Pixies," he said. "They have always been an inspiration. Frank Black is the coolest man on the planet. He's always had a sci-fi thing going on. [Black's third solo album] Cult of Ray was supposedly all about Ray Bradbury." more on this story

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