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Fast Five: Brightlight City



How did you meet and what’s the story behind your band name?

Jamie and Justin are brothers and have been playing in bands for most of their teenage and adult life. The same goes for Joe and Dan. Jono is one of Jamie’s best friends and had just moved back to the UK from Australia. It was all circumstance really. Everyone just happened to be in the right place at the right time.

I think everyone in the band has a different take on what the name means. I see it as a representation of what it is like to live in a big city. The beauty, the diversity, the crowds, the grime. I think London has a facade and it is not always apparent. People may think of London as one big tourist attraction. I’m not criticising the place, I think that is what makes it one of the most interesting cities in the world but it also hides its sins. People can be mislead by what they perceive and often miss what is being concealed. For me thats the kind of ideology our name conjures.

How would you describe your music?

It is difficult to try and not over analyse a question like this. You obviously want to name check a few influential 80’s DC bands but that always comes across as sounding far too frivolous. I like to describe our music in terms of feelings and experiences. One of the new songs we have been writing quickly became our summer anthem. The feel of the song, the melodies, just remind us all of summer. For those who like to categorise music into genres, I guess it is a little bit of order in a chaotic existence, we are quite simply a rock band. We borrow influences from early British punk, dig a little of the 90’s Seattle sound, dabble with pop and flesh out some riffs with a tinge of hardcore.

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

We have been busy repairing broken limbs, writing new songs and playing some memorable shows. We have four new tracks almost completed which we plan to record in June. These tracks will make up our planned EP. This will be the first time we will have a physical release so it is quite exciting to think about all the possibilities associated with the marketing side. Our schedule over the next few months will keep us busy seducing crowds with our visceral conviction.

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

Trent Reznor – It would be an experience to just spend time watching how he manipulates the instruments he has in front of him.

Brian Wilson – He has an ear for melodies and a great talent for arrangements.

What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

Thrice – The Artist in the Ambulance. Thrice managed to achieve something many bands in the scene failed to do at the time. They told a story, were articulate in their lyrics and delivered an album that flits between aggression and beauty. It was a no frills album with minimalist artwork. It reminds me of a really good time in my life and having those memories while stuck on an island would only be a good thing.