Mumford & Sons

Although they are often labeled as indie rock and folk, Mumford & Sons’ undeniable success suggests they are on their way to becoming a major label. In just four short years, they have achieved what all musicians dream of: Since debuting in the UK in 2009, Mumford & Sons reached number two on the UK Album Chart. Similarly, Mumford & Sons has reached number two on the Billboard 200 since debuting in the US in February 2010. Just this week, their album Sigh No More was number six on iTunes.

So who is Mumford & Sons?

Mumford & Sons is a folk band from London. They spontaneously came together in 2007. Each member had been playing various instruments independently prior to meeting. After an impromptu performance, the band bonded over their love for music and their desire to create unique, powerful melodies. The band began rehearsing in the fall of 2007 and was touring extensively by 2008. Since their debut, Mumford & Sons have been blessed with sold out performances and chart-hitting singles and album.

Who makes up Mumford & Sons?

Mumford & Sons is comprised of four friends in their twenties: Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, “Country” Winston Marshall, and Ted Dwane. All of the members are multi-talented, which adds to the distinctiveness of their music. Marcus Mumford plays guitar, drums, and the mandolin. Ben Lovett plays keyboard, accordion, and drums. “Country” Winston Marshall plays banjo and dobro. Ted Dwane plays string bass, guitar, and drums. All four members provide vocals.

What is their music like?

Despite the unique instruments and confident, folk sound, Mumford & Sons plays music that all people can relate to. They sing about love, heartbreak, and fear. Their lyrics are poetic and romantic, and their melodies are moving and inspiring. Mumford & Sons sing about the same topics as every other artists, but their soul and sound is unlike anything you’ve ever heard before.

Indie Rock

Indie RockMany customers mention the genre “Indie Rock” in several different contexts. This article will help you define the undefinable – Indie Rock.

Indie stems from the word independent. The music isn’t attached to a major record label so there is some purity. It’s not about selling a product; it’s about producing good songs. Labels like Matador, Subpop, Saddlecreek Records, and Dfarecords are just a few choice examples of independent music producers. Notable bands include: Interpol, Belle & Sebastian, Bright Eyes, The Rapture, Broken Social Scene, Arcade Fire, Bloc Party, The Shins, Rilo Kiley, PJ Harvey, and Elliot Smith. In general, Indie followers love obscurity. Indie music has also evolved into an entire subculture of “hipsters,” a group of people who listen to Indie music, and have no tolerance for poseurs and the main stream. The lines between indie and mainstream music is really not clear and often a subject of debate.

Please keep in mind, some bands that have spent most of their careers on major labels are still occasionally referred to by the press as indie rock because of their sound or aesthetic, such as Radiohead.

A variety of musical genres and subgenres with varying degrees of overlap are associated with indie rock. Some of these include lo-fi, post-rock, sadcore, C86, math rock, shoegaze/dream pop, indie pop, noise rock, noise pop, riot grrrl, post-hardcore, twee pop, alt-country, post-punk revival, garage rock revival, dance-punk, indie folk, baroque pop, new prog, and indietronica.

The roots of modern indie rock are often traced back to The Velvet Underground‘s self-titled debut album, released in 1967, which was ranked #7 on Blender’s list of the 100 greatest indie rock albums.[2] Allmusic notes that every “left-of-center rock movement owes an audible debt” to this album.[3] The Beach Boys‘ 1966 album Pet Sounds is also commonly listed as a highly influential starting point.[4] Later, the punk movement of the 1970s had a direct impact on the DIY aesthetic that later became a cornerstone of indie rock.

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The Darkness

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The Darkness were a multi-BRIT Award-winning British rock band. Their traditional hard rock style of music was influenced by bands like Queen, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Mötley Crüe, Guns N’ Roses, Aerosmith, Sparks, Van Halen, T. Rex, .38 Special, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Boston and Thin Lizzy. They were best known for the falsetto[4] of their lead singer Justin Hawkins, whose departure in 2006 resulted in the dissolution of the band.

Originally started in 1991 from Kirkley High School, Lowestoft in Suffolk, brothers Justin Hawkins (vocals and guitar) and Dan Hawkins (guitar and vocals) found themselves in London where they met up with childhood friends, Frankie Poullain (bass guitar and vocals) and Ed Graham (drums and percussion), and thus The Darkness was formed. Dan initially saw his brother’s potential of being a frontman after Justin did an impressive recreation of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” at a New Year’s Eve party in 1999, thrown by Justin and Dan’s aunt in her pub The Swan at Gillingham just over the River Waveney in Norfolk, despite the fact that Justin was only miming to the original song. Playing at first only in pubs and bars, their pyrotechnic guitar solos and over the top performances soon brought them to public knowledge.

source: Wikipedia