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The City Lights are a band from Sydney. They released their debut album "Escape From Tomorrow Today" in May 2004 on Ivy League Records in Australia and on Bittersweet Records in Spain and followed it up in August 2007 with "El Sol" on the same labels. They have just finished a brand new album called "I Just Got To Believe" with a release date of 14th September 2012. They have had a bit of a revolving door of great musicians coming and going….


Two brothers (James and Harry Roden) grew up playing guitar together in Canberra -Australia's planned capital - listening to anything with melody and punch: The Clash, The Who, The Jam, The Sunnyboys, The Kinks,  The Stems, The Huxton Creepers, Otis Redding, The Byrds, Motown, soul, punk, pop. After moving to and playing in bands in Sydney (James in the John Reed Club and Harry in Hoolahan) they finally started a band together, asked Danny Allen (Youth Group and The Drums) to play guitar & keyboards and Shane Melder (Sidewinder) to play drums.

Together they recorded with Michael Carpenter at Love Hz Studios and called it "Escape From Tomorrow Today"  and were released on Ivy League Records in Australia and on Bitterweet Records in Spain. It was Triple J's, 4ZZZ's and 3PBS's Album of the Week. They toured like crazy. Shane left the band and so Kit Warhurst (Rocket Science) stepped in on drums for a 2007 tour of Spain and the band brought Bruno Brayovic (Peabody) on the road 'cause Danny couldn't do all the gigs. Complicated?! Yes. Fun? Definitely…..

Then The City Lights tried being a rock collective for a while with all their new members. This meant members were free to come and go but the band never died. The second album featured the Roden brothers this time joined by Graeme Trewin (ex-Peabody) on drums, Bruno Brayovic (Peabody) on guitar, Danny Allen (Youth Group and The Drums) on guitar and Kit Warhurst (Rocket Science) on drums as well as guests on trumpets, keys and vocals.  "El Sol" was recorded at Big Jesus Burger Studios,  Surry Hills, Sydney by David ‘Trumpy’ Trumpmanis. It was a musical tribute to their time in Spain and received 4 star reviews.

The City Lights  then toured again like crazy and finished a January 2009 tour of Spain as a four piece featuring James, Harry, Bruno and Graeme.


That line-up of James, Harry, Graeme and Bruno spent 4 days recording in July 2010 with Tim Kevin recording in Waverton as the beginnings of album no.3. It wasn't up to scratch so Harry, James and Graeme (Bruno was and is living overseas) started the whole album again in 2011 (keeping just one song from the first sessions) with Tim again recording. This time it was recorded at Jim Moginie's (Midnight Oil) Oceanic Studio on the Northern Beaches and it all made sense. The album was mixed by Tim at Grey Nurse Studio in Marrickville and finally mastered by Don Bartley in May 2012.  

The new album is called "I Just Got To Believe" and is out 14th September 2012. It is called "I Just Got To Believe" for the obvious reason - to finish this third album has taken all their energy and belief that doing something the band loves so much - playing rock together -  is difficult but ultimately worth it.


14 September - Green Room Lounge - Enmore, Sydney + The Slow Push
22 September - Beetle Bar - Brisbane + The Slow Push
10 November- Old Bar- Melbourne + The Bowers



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