Single Review: Brightlight City – Past/Future

When we met Brightlight City a few weeks ago, the band promised us this year’s upcoming EP would bring with it a new-found punkier sound.

This week we got the first sign that they’re delivering on that with the first track from that EP being revealed, in the form of Past/Future. The track has, like the rest of the new EP, been produced by Matt Hyde, who’s previously worked with the likes of Slipknot, Funeral For A Friend and Bullet For My Valentine – and this influence shows.

When we spoke with guitarist Jono Staunton he told us: “Matt has been a breath of fresh air and a true gent to work with. We tracked this EP differently to our previous efforts, which allowed us to spend more time on the finer points of the song structures. I feel Matt gave us the confidence to enhance our sound to a greater degree.

“Before we worked with Matt, he came to see us live a few times. This really helped with him developing an idea of how to capture the instrumentation and vocals of the tracks. He seems to get everything just right.”

This certainly comes across on Past/Future. It kicks off with a small burst of guitar, before a quick pause before bursting into some big guitar riffs. The verse gradually builds in intensity, from singer Jamie Giarraputo’s vocals along with some faint drum support followed by small guitar bursts, through to big guitar chords in time with him. The music then drops out completely for a couple of seconds, with a quiet cry of “you came up for air” before launching into a big punky chorus.

Past/Future sounds bigger, heavier and more polished than the band’s previous music, with fun punky melodies typified by the outro of repeated cries of “our future’s not dead, our future’s not dead yet.” The track certainly bodes well for the upcoming EP launch, which we’re expecting to land in April.

Past/Future officially launches on March 3, but you can check it out on Soundcloud and follow the band on Facebook and Twitter.

They’re also playing gigs around the south of England over the next couple of months, starting with a show in Aldershot next Saturday (February 18), The Islington in Angel three nights later, and The Four Horseshoe in Luton on February 24. Check out all their tour dates here.

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