London-based Welsh singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rod Thomas has been combining electronics, disco, synth pop and house music into his own unique sound as Bright Light Bright Light since 2010, moving people to the dance floor on both sides of the Atlantic ever since. In the process, Thomas has garnered the attention of Elton John, Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters) and Alan Cumming, each of whom appeared on the most recent Bright Light Bright Light album, last year’s Choreography (stream it below), which AllMusic called “Thomas’s biggest, boldest and most personal statement to date, it was a bright, Technicolor pop record inspired by his love of the music and movies of the ’80s and ’90s.” Find out why the Rocket Man is such a fan when Bright Light Bright Light (above, performing “All in the Name” with Elton John on The Graham Norton Show) plays Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night. NYC’s Ariana and the Rose open the show.
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Rod Thomas likes to get people moving. Born in Wales, but based in London, he’s a singer, songwriter, pianist, producer, DJ and performer—which he does as Bright Light Bright Light. His dance-inducing mix of disco, synth pop and house music has secured him touring spots with the likes of Scissor Sisters, Erasure and, most recently, Elton John. That last pairing was sparked by the two working together on a track from Thomas’s second full-length, last year’s Life Is Easy (stream it below). John says, “He makes the music I’d like to make but don’t know how to, so when he asked me whether I would consider singing on his new record, ‘I Wish We Were Leaving,’ I said I’d love to.” Find out just why the Rocket Man couldn’t say no when Bright Light Bright Light (above, in the video for “I Believe”) plays Mercury Lounge tonight and tomorrow.