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Catch the next wave of rock from across the pond

Catch the next wave of rock from across the pond — Whether it’s a pack of Furry Animals or a flock of docile Doves, everything’s A-OK in the U.K. music scene

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Super Furry Animals: Tom Sheehan/London Features

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS (”Rings Around the World”)
Home base Wales
Typically hyperbolic British press blurb ”…powerful enough to make you shout out loud in public or cry alone at night.” — MOJO
U.S. equivalent The Beach Boys — tempered with a dash of death metal
Reliably cheeky lead singer-guitarist Gruff Rhys
Must-have in-studio accessories ”A comprehensive wine cellar, and a fresh collection of decent songs,” says Rhys.

MY VITRIOL (”Finelines”)
Home base London
Typically hyperbolic British press blurb ”…unstoppably bound for stratospheric stardom.” — Kerrang!
U.S. equivalent Early Smashing Pumpkins
Reliably cheeky lead singer-guitarist Som Wardner
Influential book Graham Greene’s ”Brighton Rock,” which inspired the group’s moniker. ”The antihero, Pinkie, carries a bottle of vitriol, a sort of sulfuric acid, around with him at all times,” says Wardner.
Must-have in-studio accessory ”A guitar helps.”

ED HARCOURT (”Here Be Monsters”)
Home base Brighton
Typically hyperbolic British press blurb ”…a brilliant new talent, a distinctive new voice in music…” — Uncut
U.S. equivalent Elliott Smith
Reliably cheeky lead singer-guitarist Er, Ed Harcourt
Why the U.K. press bugs him ”I got pigeonholed into this ‘new acoustic movement’ with bands like Turin Brakes and Starsailor. As if everyone got together and said, ‘Okay, guys, let’s all be sensitive and play acoustic guitars.”’
So how does he describe his music? ”It’s avant-garde pop. It’s not an immediate thing, which a lot of manufactured crap is.”

MULL HISTORICAL SOCIETY (”Loss”)
Home base Mull, Scotland
Typically hyperbolic British press blurb ”Kings of honesty in the land of the cynical, MHS present ‘Loss,’ a debut of aspiring proportions…and a signature tune, ‘Mull Historical Society,’ you’ll have to lop off your head to forget.” — The Face
U.S. equivalent The Apples in Stereo
Reliably cheeky lead singer-guitarist Colin MacIntyre
Would love to collaborate with ”Eminem,” says MacIntyre. ”I like the quirky angle of his melodies. Sometimes they sound like nursery rhymes, and I think good pop music is like nursery rhymes.”

CLINIC (”Walking With Thee”)
Home base Liverpool
Typically hyperbolic British press blurb ”In terms of a rock manifesto, Clinic’s jagged, nerve-shredding approach is primal, but also essential in an era when subversion seems to have become a forgotten thrill.” — Melody Maker
Reliably cheeky lead singer-guitarist Ade Blackburn
U.S. equivalent The Velvet Underground fronted by Violent Femmes singer Gordon Gano
Who they think is their U.S. equivalent Crosby, Stills & Nash
Influential album, movie, and book ”’Da Capo,’ by Love, ‘Dog Day Afternoon,’ and ‘Mr. Vertigo,’ by Paul Auster.”

DOVES (”The Last Broadcast”)
Home base Manchester
Typically hyperbolic British press blurb ”The new Radiohead.” — NME
U.S. equivalent The Stone Roses, the Cure — if they were American
Reliably cheeky lead singer-guitarist Jimi Goodwin
Must-have in-studio accessory ”A tambourine. At some point, we look at each other and go, ‘It’s about that time again — let’s get a tambourine out.”’
Why everything across the pond suddenly sounds so good ”Maybe from an American’s perspective you’re looking at the potential of Brit bands breaking that rap-rock cycle. But that’s already here, with your f—in’ Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park.”

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