South London band on cusp of national coverage
Regulars of Croydon’s Scream Lounge will be no strangers to five- piece Brightlight City, but with a single due to be released to national radio, the south Londoners are preparing to reach a much broader audience.
Brothers Jamie and Justin Giarraputo, from Epsom, have played in numerous bands since their teens, but a chance meeting with Carshalton-based friends drummer Joe Edwards and bassist Dan Stubberfield, along with Jamie’s Aussie friend Jono Staunton, meant Brightlight City was born.
Jamie said: “We’ve all been playing for years, but it just came together and with Jono on guitar it allowed us to just add an extra something to what we were writing.”
The eccentric Australian also brings another talent to the table. He is an enthusiast for the paranormal who ran his own ghost hunting business Down Under.
Jamie said: “You can guarantee in between recordings, he’ll be in the corner reading a book on the paranormal.
It has definitely influenced some of the lyrics.”
The band was formed in 2010 and spent last year recording three singles – enough to grab the attention of agents who are now hoping to propel the group to stardom.
Jamie said: “We’d had a bit of airplay, but our PR company decided to launch Feels Like nationally.”
Listing influences as varied as the Beatles, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, the Clash and Pink Floyd, the result is a high-tempo sound in the old tradition of pure guitar.
With the single in the bag, Jamie is keen to not get too excited about the future.
He said: “I think it is always good to keep your feet on the ground. In this industry you get promised things all the time and can often end up disappointed.
“There is definitely a sense this could be the beginning of something, but more importantly we are enjoying playing so we will just wait and see.”
The filming of the video for Feels Like lies ahead before the big release on October 1.
In the meantime Brightlight City are preparing to play a few more gigs to their loyal fans.
Jamie says: “We’ll be looking to play the Scream Lounge again soon and we always get a full house at the Half Moon in Putney.
“Following that we’ll do a mini tour of the UK and then who knows.” Brightlight City; Scream Lounge, South End, Croydon, September 29.