British rock making a comeback in the States

By ASHLEY LONG
Staff Writer

   The group Stereophonics is keeping the Brit Rock scene alive and giving music lovers another chance to hear what they’ve got.

   The band plans to re-release their entire collection streaming from ‘97 to ‘07, along with new bonus material in the United States on November 7.

   The roots of Stereophonics stem from Wales with members Kelly Jones, Richard Jones, and Javier Weyler.  The band has had five consecutive albums reach #1 in the UK album charts.  They are seemingly underrated in the U.S., but with the re-release of their previous albums, the band hopes to affect the unaffected.

   The band’s sounds, often encompassing a hard rock edge combined with honest emotion, are frequently compared to that of Interpol, Silversun Pickups, and London’s own, Blur, whose alternative rock style became popular in the U.K. and U.S. in the early 90’s.

   While there are plenty of gems on Stereophonics’ album, Language, Sex, Violence, Other?, “Dakota” is considerably their biggest hit. Listening to it makes you want to imagine yourself traveling all over in a car with a mix tape.  “Maybe Tomorrow” takes it down a notch from their usual upbeat tempo, but they are still able to deliver a good hook.  The song was released in 2003 on You Gotta Go There to Come Back, and was featured in the movie Crash and the American television series Charmed.

    The re-releases include the band’s six albums: Word Gets Around, Performance and Cocktails, Just Enough Education to Perform, You Gotta Go There to Come Back, Language, Sex, Violence, Other?, and Pull the Pin. They also plan on releasing a greatest hits album this winter, entitled A Decade in the Sun: The Best of Stereophonics.

    Stereophonics provide tunes for people who are just trying to take the edge off or simply mellow out.  It’s safe to say that they’re a healthy addiction. For more information about the band, visit their website at http://www.stereophonics.com or give them a listen at their Myspace: www.myspace.com/stereophonics.


Stereophonics brings back to America a taste of the
British rock that caught Beatles fans by storm years ago.

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