Manchester rockers, Oasis, formed in 1991 and were originally known as “The Rain.” The band has released seven studio albums, their most popular release being (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?, which introduced the band’s hit song, “Wonderwall,” to the world. Oasis was heavily influenced by The Beatles, Sex Pistols, Nirvana, The Smiths, and many other rock bands.
Songs you might know: Wonderwall and Champagne Supernova
Passenger is a British folk rock band that was formed in 2003 in Brighton and Hove, England. The band consists of Michael David Rosenberg who started the band back in 2003 with Andrew Phillips. After being together for 6 years, the band parted ways and Rosenberg continued to create a solo career for himself still under the name Passenger. Since the break up, Rosenberg has released three albums, his most recent being All The Little Lights.
Songs you might know: Let Her Go
The 1975 are a Manchester, England based alternative indie rock band that consists of Matty Healy (vocals, guitar), Adam Hann (guitar), George Daniel (drums), and Ross MacDonald (bass). The band firs formed back in 2002 when they were still in high school, covering punk songs at local clubs. Healy was the original drummer but took over the goals when the previous singer left, and Daniel was brought in for the drums. The band recently released their debut, self titled album in September, which made a big splash on music charts across America and Europe.
Songs you might know: Sex, Chocolate, and Girls
BRING ME THE HORIZON
Bring Me The Horizon is a British metal core band from Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. The band formed in 2004 and are currently signed to RCA Records globally and Epitaph Records exclusively in the United States. Bring Me The Horizon’s earlier releases were known more for a deathcore style, but over the years the band has adopted an extensive style of metalcore. The Sheffield natives have released four studio albums and two extended plays (EP). The band’s most recent release was their fourth full length record, Sempiternal, which was released earlier this year.
Songs you might know: Crucify Me and Antivist
In 2002, an indie rock band called the Arctic Monkeys formed in Sheffield. The band released their debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not in 2006 and it became the fastest selling debut album in UK chart history, selling 363, 735 copies in the first week. Since then, the band has grown in popularity and released four more albums, the most recent one being AM, which was released earlier this year. The band has expanded and explored so much musically that it’s difficult to pin an exact description of their style. The Arctic Monkeys music is usually known to fall under the umbrella of indie rock, but they have changed a lot of sound elements from album to album, still keeping that rock vibe to their music.
Songs you might know: Who The Fuck Are The Arctic Monkeys?, Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?, and R U Mine?
The Smiths were a British rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. They have claimed to be the most important alternative rock band to emerge from the British independent music scene in the 1980s. The Smiths had multiple singles reach the UK top twenty and all four of their albums reached the UK top five, including one which topped the charts. They had a significant following and remain a cult favorite, even though they had minimal commercial success outside of the UK while they were together. The band broke up in 1987 and has since turned down multiple offers to reunite.
Songs you may know: This Charming Man, Asleep, and How Soon Is Now?
YOU ME AT SIX
You Me At Six is an alternative rock band that hails from Weybridge, Surrey, England. The group formed in 2004, but didn’t rise to fame until 2008 when they released their debut album, Take Off Your Colours. The band then released their sophomore album, Hold Me Down in 2010, and then went on to release Sinners Never Sleep in October of 2011. Sinners Never Sleep debuted the #3 spot on the Official UK Album Charts. You Me At Six finished up their 4th studio album, Caviler Youth, this past summer and will be releasing it on January 27th, 2014.
Songs you might know: Underdog, Stay With Me, and Bite My Tongue (feat. Oli Sykes)
British Rockers Radiohead formed in 1985 in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. The band released their debut single, “Creep,” in 1992, which was initially unsuccessful, but then got more popular several months after the release of their album, Pablo Honey. Since the early 90’s, the band has released seven more albums and has found great success with their music. Some of the band’s influences (especially early on) were acts such as Queen, Elvis Costello, Joy Divison, and the Pixies.
Songs you might know: Creep, High and Dry, and Karama Police