Merging rock or metal with rap isn’t exactly a new concept, but we are certainly noticing a steady uprise in the trend in the last few months. What may potentially be new to you, however, is fusing indie rock and rap – which is exactly what we get from Wolverhampton band CityLightz.
But, as the band tell us, they aren’t too bothered about pigeon holing their sound into specific genres. As Luke tells us: “CityLightz is not about genre, it’s about music. To make things work you’ve gotta take away the box! A great song is a great song, it doesn’t matter what category it’s in.”
The quintet fuse the rapped vocals of Matthew Barnett with the indie-rock instrumentals of Luke Henry (vocals and guitar), the guitar solos of Adam Bolger (lead guitar) James Skidmore (bass) and Thomas Churm (drums).
The latest offering of their intriguing sound is the excellent Proof, which was released a couple of weeks ago. It opens up with a repeating riff then a fun little lick, before rapped vocals come in. That drops into a catchy singalong chorus with a high-pitched fast-paced guitar line over the top, and what is most definitely the first reference we’ve seen to Al-Qaeda in the lyrics. A second chorus gives way to a lively guitar solo then a final blast of the chorus. Give it a listen below:
On the track, Luke tells us: “Proof is an aggressive up-tempo anti-government track. It pretty much asks the fat cats to give us some evidence to the rubbish you’re feeding us!”
Equally catchy is the band’s debut single Don’t Know Me, which opens up with cool light guitars leading into lively rapped verses supported singalong choruses. Check it out in the lyric video below:
The band have built a strong arsenal of singles over the last year or so, including the delicious TIM which epitomises their approachable style and lyrics, which opens up with the line “Rumours going round, is it true? What? Word on the road is Tim’s looking for you, Hold on, who the fuck is Tim? Is he some kind of badman, I’ve never heard of him.” Then feeds into the singalong chorus “You don’t really want it with Tim, Cheeky bleeder, You know that he will just smash your face in for a tin, You know that he’s all about, Just grab a can of super brew.” Check it out below:
You can see CityLightz for yourself as they headline the O2 Academy 3 in Birmingham on 15 June. They’ll then be heading back into the studio to finish their debut album at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London.