Bright Men of Learning

"A novice guitar player could play our songs, and I know that because I am a novice guitar player," says Bright Men of Learning front man Marshall Preddy. But it's not always about technical guitar skills or metronome-busting time signatures. Bright Men of Learning has the ability to write hook-heavy, non-cheesy, well-constructed rock tunes with good lyrics to boot.

"If any band should be more popular among today's contemporary adults, it should be us," says Preddy. "Guys and girls in their forties would totally dig us." This is true; the band's style is akin to that of classic rockers like Tom Petty, The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac. "We're out there playing dad rock, and all the dads are staying home," says Preddy. Instead, the local rock outfit attracts a more unlikely crowd.

"All our fans are [in] noise and punk bands, which makes no sense," says Preddy. The band's style isn't noisy, rough or crazy, but the Bright Men of Learning often share bills with bands that are, and nobody - not fans, not bands - complains. "Which actually says something about those people," says guitarist Benjamin Davis Murphy. "Deep down inside, they really do like AM Gold." Bright Men of Learning play between Novox, who starts things off, and headliners Fired for Walking (which is releasing its latest album). 9 p.m. Rudyard's, 2010 Waugh. For information, call 713-521-0521 or visit www.rudyards.com. $5.
Fri., Sept. 26, 9 p.m., 2008

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