Getting To Know... Bright Young People

After spending the last few months building and developing their sound, Welsh newcomers Bright Young People have now delivered their anthemic debut single 'Lie In The Sun'.

Channelling a bold and blistering alt-rock direction throughout, 'Lie In The Sun' makes a strong and impactful introduction to their sound. Filled with killer hooks, energetic pace, and some exciting moments littered throughout, these guys are certainly off to a fantastic start with this one.

So with the new single available now, we sat down with them to find out more about their background and what has inspired them most over the years.


What was the first instrument you fell in love with?

Jack: Definitely my aunt Cissy’s glockenspiel, RIP!

Lee: Drums as a kid then switched to guitar.

Carl: Deffo guitar, can’t remember anything else that interested me more as kid.

Casey: My first beat up drum kit i got for christmas when i was 17 off me mahh.

What kind of music did you love when you were younger?

Lee: I was brought up on UB40 but was well into Oasis.

Casey: I found an old cassette tape of The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown near the estate where I lived, took it home and literally played it on repeat. So that and Bob Marley records my dad used to stick on.

Carl: My granddad taught me how to play Ghost Riders In The Sky and old country songs by Johnny Cash, so loved that stuff from an early age.

Jack: Anything & everything with a guitar in it.

What was the first album you remember owning?

Carl: Probably A Northern Soul by The Verve.

Jack: Are You Experienced by Jimi Hendrix.

Casey: It would have to be Thriller by Michael Jackson.

Lee: Can’t remember my first album but the first single I ever got was Ride On Time by Black Box.

What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?

Casey: I would love to have written Killing Moon by Echo & The Bunnymen, a gorgeous song.

Lee: Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd.

Jack: You Sexy Thing by Hot Chocolate haha!

Carl: Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie - Bob Dylan. He’d been places when he wrote that, it’s not actually a song but he’s riffing all the way through.

Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?

Casey: Generally no but sometimes i’ll go for a proper walk with no music in my ears, clears my head then i’m ready to go.

Carl: No rituals, just be present. Loadsa coffee too.

Jack: Not really, just try not to be hungover ha.

Lee: Just not to force anything, it comes when it comes.

Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?

Casey: Jack has got me listening to Yellowman quite a bit at the moment.

Jack: I'm listening to a band called Jungle. I actually went to see them a few weeks back in Manchester.

Lee: Going over all the Kills stuff again at the moment.

Carl: I’m back listening to old blues stuff again. Nostalgic stuff like Blind Willie McTell & Howling Wolf.

If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?

Jack: Talking Heads so I could get to see them live.

Casey: It would have been amazing to open for The Stooges back in the day.

Carl: Queens Of The Stone Age or White Stripes would be top of my list.

Lee: Sex Pistols!!!!!!

What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?

Casey: Not having to drag your arse outta bed at 05:30 to go to work at Royal Mail.

Jack: Playing live deffo!

Lee: Getting out and about playing shows around the country.

Carl: Grafting on songs with your mates and the buzz when it’s sounding right.

And what is the most frustrating part?

Carl: When it’s not sounding right.

Casey: When we can’t agree on parts or not sure where to take the songs. Like pulling teeth!

Jack: Waiting to get out on stage.

And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?

Casey: Pardon my french but not to give a fuck what anyone says about you or what you are doing. As long as it’s coming from a good place that’s all that matters.

Carl: To know your shit!

Jack: Be yourself no matter what.

Lee: Make sure you always get paid. ha


Bright Young People's debut single 'Lie In The Sun' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.