Winners of this year’s Road To V competition, The Brightlights, release their debut single, Inspired By, on Monday coming (5th November).

The band’s debut single, ‘Inspired By’, will be released on new indie label Distiller Records. The song is about growing up in a dead end town and the choices that face its youth – whether to slide into a life of lethargy and crime or to try and do something positive and take responsibility for yourself and your actions. The B Side, ‘Stops and Starts’, deals with first impressions and judging people, often wrongly, in an instant. The single will be limited to 500 7” vinyl only. It will also be available to download.

The video for ‘Inspired By’ will be shot in Grimsby and directed by Jay Burridge, who won a CAD for his art direction on Hot Chip’s ‘Boy From School” video. He found The Brighlights on myspace and was so impressed that he contacted them directly to offer his services. Rising star and friend of the band, Tommy Turgoose, who stole the show as troubled pre-teen Shaun in ‘This Is England’, will feature in the video.

The Brightlights, aka Leon Blanchard (vocals, guitar), Adam Featherstone (bass), James Buxton (drums) and Luke Parker (keyboards, bvs), - all 18 -have been gigging for less than a year but have notched up over 130 shows (including support slots with Air Traffic, The Rushes, The Moths and The Hoosiers) and have recently recorded tracks with Steve Power (Blur, Julian Cope, Robbie Williams) and Grant Nicholas from Feeder.

They met when they formed the midfield of a successful local youth football team. Indeed it was only a serious injury that stopped singer Leon going on to turn professional, such was his talent on the pitch. Luckily for him, and us, Leon is also blessed with a great voice.

The Brightlights will be playing the following dates:

Thu 1st London Barfly (Another Music = Another Kitchen) os: 11pm
Fri 2nd Brighton Pressure Point
Sat 3rd Southampton Joiners
Mon 5th Louth in-store performance / Grimsby HMV instore signing
Tue 6th London Koko – UK Festival Awards
Wed 7th Liverpool Barfly
Thu 8th Winsford De Bees
Sat 10th Stockton The Georgian Theatre
Sun 11th Castleford The Loft
Tue 13 Nottingham The Social
Wed 14 London Monto Water Rats
Fri 16 Guildford The Boileroom
Tue 20 Manchester The Roadhouse