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Ocean Colour Scene
90's indie rock-pop band whose Sixties retro sound, coupled with their obvious individual talents and collective knack of reaching the heart and soul of the nation's music buying public, has certainly paid off. Their back catalogue includes an impressive seventeen Top 40 singles including 'The Riverboat Song' which became the walk-on music for Chris Evans on the popular Channel 4 series TFI Friday.
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Indie-Rock band from Newcastle, fronted by the ever charming Paul Smith, whose tightly-wound songs are biting, contemporary takes on the familiar feelings of being trapped in a small town and desperately needing to escape. Their tunes vibrate with contained energy, and the anger more than occasionally spills out into faster, harder pop-rock. With three UK top 10 albums, two top 20 albums, along with eight UK top 40 singles, the boys continue to 'apply some pressure' to their sound and success.
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With an original mixture of ska, pop, punk and blues, all tied up with insanely catchy melodies. The band have consolidated their critical and commercial acclaim with numerous Top 10 albums and a slew of hit singles to boot.
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Birmingham indie-rock five piece The Twang first found national fame when the NME wrote an article of the West Midlands music scene, and were very soon picking up awards, covered by a Radio 1 documentary and smashing the charts. Their success story includes three UK top 40 singles and two top 20 albums, with their debut 'Love It When I Feel Like This' reaching no.3.
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Carl Barat & The Jackals
The former Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things frontman/singer and lead guitarist has also released a solo album, as well as starring alongside Sadie Frost in the play 'Fool For Love' and narrating the 'The Rime Of The Modern Mariner' a film about the London Docklands. Barat got his new group, The Jackals, together via Facebook after posting an advert for guitarists, drummers and bassists pulled in over 1000 applicants. Those recruited were Billy Tessio (Guitar), Adam Claxton (bass) and Jay Bone (drums). As a member of the Libertines Barât released two albums, Up The Bracket (2002) and The Libertines (2004). His next band, Dirty Pretty Things, released Waterloo To Anywhere (2006) and Romance At Short Notice (2008), followed by a solo album, Carl Barât, in 2010 and his first book Threepenny Memoir – The Lives Of A Libertine in the same year.
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Jaws are an indie rock band formed in Birmingham in 2012 after singer Connor Schofield had posted a demo online that received enough positive feedback to encourage him to start a band with friends from Halesowen College. They have often been identified as part of the Digbeth-based B-Town scene. Their sound definitely draws influences from the Shoegaze scene with hints of 90's alt-rock and grunge found on labels like Sub Pop. "Seductive with swirling guitars complemented by lead singer Conor Schofield’s beguling vocals. It’s a single of self determination, reminiscent of The Smashing Pumpkins softer work from the ‘Siamese Dream’ period" - The Sphinx.co.uk
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Hailing from Birmingham, the indie four-piece gang have gained a fierce live reputation. Inspired by a universal love of Britpop and 90's American college rock, combined with jangling guitar steps into psychedelia. 'An undeniably resplendent sonic melange of all the best bits of Blur and Supergrass' - The Line Of Best Fit
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Like projectile missiles discharged from the Welsh Valleys, The Sandinistas are a heady young mix of Punk and New Wave Rock and Roll.
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Sugarthief are a young Indie band from Penkridge in Staffordshire. Formed in the Summer of 2015 by brothers Jordi James (vocal/guitar) and Jack James (guitar), the band also includes ex-school friends Luke Owen (bass) and Reece Downton (drums). The band’s jangly guitar riffs, insanely catchy choruses and poppy bass lines combine to create a unique sound that is making waves in Birmingham’s indie music scene and beyond.
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