Receiving comparisons to everyone from The Specials to Arctic Monkeys, West Midlands five-piece Citylightz hit you with original songs that deliver huge pop hooks, indie rock rhythms and classic lyrical storytelling (they're calling it "Rock n Road.) Fronted by lead vocalist/rapper B and singer/guitarist Luke Henry, lead guitarist Adam Bolger, Bass James Skidmore and drums Tom Churm the band has only been together a short while yet has already been shortlisted for BBC WM’s Sound of 2019 and the Birmingham Music Awards for best indie/Alternative band. Recording their debut EP 'Rock n Road' at Abbey Road studios which is set to release physically in HMV stores from London to the Midlands the band have had an exciting 2019 and show no signs of slowing down.
Originally formed in 2009 founding members Luke Henry, Adam Bolger and Matthew Barnett started experimenting with the sounds which would soon become CityLightz writing debut track Thousand Dreams. The band had a short run of local success championed by BBC Introducing West Midlands and a successful run of local shows including the O2 academy Birmingham. The band had split due to commitments but was later reformed in 2018 Writing a new set of songs with a different sound including re-debut single “They Don’t know Me” The band kicked off their new campaign supporting Alabama 3 at the O2 academy Birmingham which was the start of the new CityLightz who later went on to support Shotty Horroh and then Headline the O2 Academy themselves . After recording multiple demo songs at RB Studios in Birmingham the band wanted to take their sound to the next level with a more live feel to the music. In March 2019 CityLightz booked into Abbey Road Studios to record a set of 4 songs Including They Don’t Know me (Featured on the Abbey Road Studio Three Playlist on Spotify), James’ Tune, Victims and the Victors and Swinging Bombs. The 4 tracks would later be known as the bands debut EP Rock n Road The EP was heavily supported by BBC introducing and was soon released to CD and a short limited exclusive Vinyl run (250 Copies) which was available in selected HMV stores across the UK. The band are well know for their social media presence especially on twitter where they have a high engagement and a reputation for being a cheeky bunch but very humorous.