Idlewild started out at a flat party in Edinburgh in 1995 where founding band members met and found common ground in musical tastes. The starting line up was Roddy Woomble, Rod Jones, Colin Newton and Phil Scanlon. Scanlon was soon replaced by Bob Fairfoull. Appearing in 1996 as an angry band of Scottish punks with Woomble of Carnoustie leading the band, Idlewild eventually achieved commercial recognition by refining their taste for large-scale guitar rock, and combining it with an apparently unknown gift for melody and tenderness.
Dinosaur Jr were formed as Dinosaur in 1983 in Amherst, Massachusetts by J Mascis (guitar and vocals) and his high school classmate Lou Barlow (bass guitar), following the break-up of their hardcore punk band Deep Wound. Shortly afterwards, Murph (Emmett Patrick Murphy, drums) joined them. They changed their name following the release of their debut, Dinosaur (1985), when another band called The Dinosaurs, featuring ex-members of Country Joe and the Fish and Jefferson Airplane, threatened them with legal action.
Hella began in 2001 in Sacramento, California as a two member band consisting of Zach Hill and Spencer Seim writing technically intricate music of a highly spastic nature. They play a blend of math rock and noise rock. On early albums, the band forged their classic sound, playing minimally arranged, abrasive instrumentals that still retain an idiosyncratic sense of melody. In 2005, the band expanded their live band by adding Dan Elkan on vocals, rhythm guitar, and synth and Jonathan Hischke on bass guitar.
Renton is a Polish band formed 2001 in Warsaw by students of SGH. Their music can be described as college rock, post punk or indie pop. The song 'Hey girl' made them famous, when it appeared in an advertisement in 2006. Band members:* Marek Karwowski – vocal * Paweł Szupiluk – guitar* Łukasz Różycki – bass* Mariusz Gajewski – drums //also Renton is a Moscow dubstep DJ, who promotes Russian music on the Internet. He is a creator of a series of mixes, in which stuff of Russian and Russian-speaking musicians is gathered
LookiMakeMusic are a five piece band who formed at Birmingham University. Originating as an unnamed electronic duo in Spring of 2008, by winter that year they'd become a full live band with Matthew Turner playing guitar, Tom Goodrige playing bass, Charles Redhead on drums, Caitlin Price playing violin and keyboards and Miles Bradley singing, talking and shouting. They play a noisy, emotional crossbreed of indiepoprawk with occasional post-rock moments and frequent spoken word sections.
The Weeks are a four-piece rock band from Jackson, Mississippi. The members include Cyle Barnes (vocals), Sammy D (lead guitar), Cain Barnes (drums) and Damien Bone (bass guitar). Their debut album, Comeback Cadillac, was released on July 8, 2008, on Esperanza Plantation Records. The Weeks followed up with their sophomore album, Rumspringa, which was released July 14, 2009. Their new EP, Dry Land Is Not A Myth, was released on July 8th, 2010.
Franz Ferdinand is an indie rock band from Glasgow, Scotland, formed in 2001. The band's critically-acclaimed self-titled debut album was released in 2004 and debuted on the UK album charts at number three, going on to win the 2004 Mercury Music Prize. So far, the band has released nine singles of which Take Me Out, The Dark of the Matinée, and Do You Want To were top 10 hits in the UK. The band followed their first album up in 2005 with You Could Have It So Much Better, from which Do You Want To, Walk Away, the double A-side The Fallen / L.
Patent Pending is a pop punk band from Mt. Sinai, New York. The band has been together since 2001 and has played hundreds of shows all across the United States, including a few Vans Warped Tours and a few Bamboozle Festivals. They have played with many bands, including Taking Back Sunday, Gym Class Heroes, Motion City Soundtrack, Cobra Starship, Catch 22, MC Lars, Suburban Legends, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Family Force 5 and Bowling for Soup.
Indie Rock with a quirky, cynical edge. The rhythms are stiff, danceable and direct. It won't give you nightmares, but it will slap your psyche around a bit. Not strictly for the medicated, but it helps.
Broken Social Scene is a Canadian indie rock group formed in 1999 in Toronto, Canada. The band's core members are Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning. This duo recorded and released the band's ambient debut album, Feel Good Lost, in 2001, with contributions by Justin Peroff, Charles Spearin and Bill Priddle. However, when they played shows to support the album, Drew and Canning found it difficult to put together an entertaining show based on Feel Good Lost, which was an almost entirely instrumental album.