Watch the BRIT awards this week just gone? What with that and the Eurovision song contest entries we field, the other countries in the world must think us a homoeroticism-loving land, adoring of oiled-up boybands and 'rock' music with enough brains and charm to fill a medium-sized thimble.
Take a moment to reflect on the names we push forward as the epitome of British music: JLS, Dizzee Rascal, Lily Allen, Florence and the Machine, Kasabian, Oasis, Spice Girls, Robbie Williams. After that list, we're just glad that everyone remembers us for being stiff upper-lip, tea-drinking, queue-loving, rain-having people. It's less painful than the truth that we seem to like JLS and Lily Allen.
All four members of The Courteeners originate from the Greater Manchester area, making them a pure-blood Mancunian band. Poor bastards! Falcon's first official single 'You Overdid It Doll' saw its radio début on BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe show. Lowe, a big supporter throughout the band's career, made it his Hottest Record In The World. It got their fourth highest chart position entering the U.K singles chart at number 28.
Formed in December 2000, Efterklang are an indie pop-rock group from Copenhagen, Denmark. The name 'Efterklang' comes from the Danish word for "remembrance" or "reverberation", a clear endorsement of those with Alzheimer's or Parkinson's. When performing live, the core four-piece band is complemented with the addition of three to four closely-related live band members.
You may remember these guys from the rather extraordinary documentary film 'DiG!'. Compiled from seven years of footage, it contrasted the developing careers of the bands The Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre and the bands' respective frontmen Courtney Taylor-Taylor and Anton Newcombe. Newcombe publicly denounced the film as reducing several years of hard work to "at best [to] a series of punch-ups and mishaps taken out of context, and at worst [to] bold faced lies and misrepresentation of fact."
Storming out of 2010 with one of the strongest albums of the year, Crime in Stereo (not to be confused with 'Death in Stereo') have reshaped themselves into an impressive beast, capable of walking the ferocious line of atonal chaos and also imbuing their folk-tinged songs with a sense of tenderness, experimentalism and above-all: melody. Oft-compared to Brand New, the boys are indeed worthy of such words, storming Bastilles with both energy and intelligence. Almost a 'Daisy' beater!
This group of classic rock-loving adolescents had big ideas while sitting in the school cafeteria, but they hadn’t acquired instruments yet. Due to the lack of a proper drum set, the Features first generation percussion section was beat box, and no one was eager to play bass. Bassist Roger Dabbs remembers the band’s sales tactics. “They were like, ‘man, you gotta love the bass!” he says. "‘Listen to this bass.’ They put on some AC/DC and I was kind of like…‘where’s the bass?’ It was completely drum and guitar heavy."
The Rocket Summer is the piano and guitar-driven rock solo-project of Stephen Bryce Avary, based in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. 'Of Men & Angels' marks his fourth full-length album. Three songs on the album were initially featured on the 2009 E.P release, 'You Gotta Believe'. Avary has also lent his vocals to several charity events including the Invisible Children campaign which seeks to highlight forced enlistment of children in the armed forces.
A band really needing no introduction, but they're gonna get a few lines anyway, otherwise it messes the format of this page up. The average AK3 album usually sets off a civil war between those who prefer the pop-punk songs written by Matt Skiba (usually the majority of the album) and those who prefer the more explorational stylings of Dan Andriano. Personally, we think Andriano has the edge, but we have been known to change our minds when a Skiba-ite is holding an axe to our cranium.
Renowned in the underground Alternative & Punk music scene for his work with the seminal band Waxwing, Rocky Votolato now goes solo in the form of acoustic folkiness (don't they all). His studio albums have also been littered with appearances from some of Seattle's finest musicians (including players in the bands Red Stars Theory, Sharks Keep Moving, The Blood Brothers, Death Cab for Cutie, Pedro the Lion and Sub Pop solo artist Rosie Thomas).