Infobox musical artist
Name = Brighten

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Origin = Chico, California, USA flagicon|United States
Genre = Indie rock
Years_active = 2005 – present
Label = none
Associated_acts = Fog Breathers
Current_members = Justin Richards
Alex Draper
Ben Spear
Austin Gibbs

Brighten is an indie rock band from Chico, California, consisting of Justin Richards (guitar, lead vocals), Alex Draper (bass, backing vocals), "'Austin Gibbs"' (guitar, backing vocals), and Ben Spear (drums, percussion). The band has recently been on tour with This Providence, Cute Is What We Aim For, Eisley, and All Time Low. In 2007, their debut album, "King vs. Queen", was released on Carbon Copy Media, without the band's full knowledge.


Although the band has been playing together for nine years, they only formed a band in 2004. In high school, Brighten went by the name Sincerely Me, though after high school, due to minor conflict, they changed their name to Brighten.

They independently released their debut EP, "Ready When You Are", on November 9, 2005. The EP was extremely well-received by critics [cite web|url=|title=Brighten - Ready When You Are EP -|work=AbsolutePunk [dot] net|accessdate=January 10|accessyear=2006] , and has since sold out.

In 2006, Victory Records sued Carbon Copy Media, and in the resulting turn of events Brighten's debut album, "King vs. Queen", could not be released. After selling a 9-track version independently at their concerts, Brighten discovered in March 2007 that the album had in fact been released.

In June 2007, Brighten began a tour with Hawthorne Heights.

Brighten has shared the stage with many bands such as; From First to Last, Taking Back Sunday, Number One Gun, The Junior Varsity, Lydia, Waking Ashland, Eisley, and This Holiday Life.

Brighten is represented by Tim Kirch and Tanner Radcliffe at Sound The Music Management.

In 2008 the band's drummer Jimmy raised enough money to travel to Africa and minister African children. Jimmy has said that he will return to the band and play drums when he gets back to America. For now the band has a fill-in drummer.


Justin Richards - Guitar,Vocals
Alex Draper - Bass,Vocals
Ben Spear (EX-Parade The Day) -Drums
Austin Gibbs(From Austin Gibbs and the States)- Guitar

Former Members

Jimmy Richards-Drums, BGV's


tudio albums

*"King vs. Queen" (2007)


*"Ready When You Are" (2005)
*"Early Love" (2008)

External links

* [ Official MySpace]
* [ Official Purevolume]
* [ Official Message Boards]
* [ interview]


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