Influences: 10 Albums That Influenced Brightlight City

With an abundance of emerging UK rock acts constantly coming through, it can be tough to stand out from the pack. However, Brightlight City are trying their best. Their latest single, ‘Thieves’, is three minutes of radiant, melodic rock that thrives on playful guitars and a big chorus.

The track sees them build on the foundation laid down by last years ‘Adventures’ proving to be grander in their delivery as it’s clear soaring choruses is Brightlight City’s forte.

With an obvious favouritism to anthemic numbers, we asked them to tell us about 10 of their most influential albums. With a mix of outstanding, classic records and influential bands, this playlist is well worth checking out.

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Hundred Reasons – Ideas Above Our Station

A fairly local band to us who were a huge influence growing up. This is easily one of the finest British rock albums of the early 2000s. Crammed full of driving rhythms and strong melodies, with thoughtful moments as well as moments of sheer exhilaration to jump around the place!

Thrice – Vheissu

A truly uplifting album, it has such an incredible depth to it. You can really hear the care and attention to detail that went into this fantastic album.

Biffy Clyro – Puzzle

The album that broke Biffy into the mainstream! And quite rightly so! A beautiful album which has just the right blend of hard and soft rock songs. You can really hear the obscurity of their older material and the ‘stadium rock’ Biffy we all know and love today!

At The Drive-In – Relationship Of Command

A superb album in every way. This is a band that are never afraid to break the boundaries which is something we aspire to. The melodies and tunefulness shines through on every track.

Refused – The Shape of Punk to Come

This album was way ahead of its time! It’s a genuine classic, pushing the boundaries of the punk-rock ethos to the very extremes! I don’t know of any albums that has moved us all like this one.

Billy Bragg – Don’t Try This At Home

Billy Bragg is a massive influence for our singer, Jamie (Giarraputo). His lyrics are poignant, damning and hopeful. He is a true legend and it is such a heartfelt album.

Pearl Jam – Vs.

Such a different album with some super-riffs like ‘Animal’ and ‘Go’. However, you are soon gently soothed with the beauty and excellence of ‘Indifference’.

Deftones – White Pony

Deftones have a natural talent and ability to marry huge metal riffs with some of the most beautiful melodies you will ever hear. ‘Passenger’is such a driving tune! Check it out and try to stick within the speed limit!

Jimmy Eat World – Futures

A prime example of some incredible melodies and harmonies from a truly talented band. When the opening track ‘Futures’ grabs you…just surrender and let it take you in!

Funeral For A Friend – Casually Dressed & Deep In Conversation

A truly incredible debut album which has a real contrast of melodies and aggression. This album takes you on a journey from start to finish. Top tracks ‘Bend Your Arms To Look Like Wings’ and the heartfelt ‘Your Revolution Is A Joke’. Beautiful.

‘Thieves’ by Brightlight City is out now.

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