The Brightlights

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The Brightlights
Origin Grimsby, United Kingdom
Genres Indie rock
Years active 2005–present
Labels Distiller
Website MySpace page
Members Leon Blanchard
Adam Featherstone
Luke Parker
James Buxton

The Brightlights are a four-piece British indie rock band from Grimsby in North East Lincolnshire. They released their debut single, "Inspired By", on 5 November 2007. The single was produced by Feeder frontman Grant Nicholas.


The band have cited Morning Runner, Razorlight, Coldplay, The Kooks and Oasis and Joel Savory as their influences - with Channel 4 Music describing them as "explosive melodic rock with a dark edge."[1] They have been compared to the American indie rock band Kings of Leon.[2]

They appeared on the V Festival's "Road to V" competition in the summer of 2007.[3] They subsequently won the competition along with Ipswich band Rosalita.[4]

In September 2007, The Guardian newspaper featured them as their 'New Band of the Day'.[5]

Debut single[edit]

After being recently signed by Distiller Records, they released their debut single, "Inspired By", on 7" vinyl and download on 5 November 2007. Reviews were generally favourable.[6][7][8] The video for the single was filmed in the band's hometown of Grimsby on the eastern coast of England. It was directed by Jay Burridge who has also worked on a video for Hot Chip. It features teenage actor and Grimsby resident Thomas Turgoose.[9]

Prolific DJs such as Zane Lowe, Colin Murray and Steve Lamacq have positively commented on the track. The single entered the UK Indie Chart at No. 2 on 11 November 2007.


  1. ^ - SlashMusic profile
  2. ^ Q Magazine - New to Q: The Brightlights
  3. ^ Road to V - The Brightlights profile
  4. ^ Virtual Festivals - Post-V Festival interview
  5. ^ Guardian Unlimited Music - No 187: The Brightlights
  6. ^ Neu Magazine - 'Inspired By' single review
  7. ^ - 'Inspired By' single review
  8. ^ - 'Inspired By' single review
  9. ^ - The Brightlights release debut