Wolverhampton's CityLightz hit Abbey Road to record new single

By Leigh Sanders | Wolverhampton entertainment | Published:

Wolverhampton rap-rockers CityLightz followed in the footsteps of The Beatles, ABBA and Duran Duran when they recorded their new single.

CityLightz rocking out at the world famous Abbey Road Studios in London

The five-piece are readying their latest track They Don't Know Me for release on May 17, and headed down to the world-famous Abbey Road Studios in London to lay it down.

They say they went "back to basics" for the sessions to capture that "full-band" sound and enjoyed their recording experience in the capital.

"For this record the band take it back to basics, tracking guitar, drums and bass at the same time to capture the band's energy similar to that in albums like Oasis' Definitely Maybe," they said.

Vocalist Matthew Barnett at Abbey Road

"The inspiration behind this single and the theme in general is not caring about what people say and just being yourself.

"We wanted to make this record special so we took things back to basics, everybody in one room playing as a band. Everything you hear is exactly how it was played."

The band had their trip to Abbey Road filmed and will be releasing the edited footage as a music video to accompany the song which will be available via YouTube on the same day the song is released.

READ MORE: Wolverhampton rockers CityLightz join with BBC Introducing to help college students


It's been a busy time for CityLightz. Last month they teamed up with Wolverhampton College and BBC WM Introducing to put on a special live performance project which was recorded at the city's Slade Rooms to give media students a chance to try their hand working with a band to put the event on, record it and film it.

The event was a huge success, with a college spokesperson saying it had "inspired" their students who took part.

For more on CityLightz, and for links to their music video when it goes live on May 17, follow them on both Twitter and Facebook @citylightzmusic

Leigh Sanders

By Leigh Sanders

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