Volume 96, Issue 81
Wednesday, March 5, 2003

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Another British Music Invasion
The Music get set to take over America

By Christopher Hodge
Gazette Staff

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THE MUSIC IN THE FLOWERS. One of the latest in the line of Brit-rock bands, The Music are enjoying their time in the sun.
The story is eerily familiar: A new U.K. band, having been paraded around the British music scene like they're the next saviours of rock 'n' roll, set off on yet another British music invasion of America – only to fall just short of realizing it.

In the aftermath, everyone has their own theory as to why the band tanked; perhaps it was an impenetrable cultural barrier, or their record label didn't support them enough, or they just plain sucked – a lot. Whatever the reason, conquering America is a daunting task and one that bassist Stuart Coleman of The Music is either oblivious to, or just doesn't seem to worry too much about.

"We don't really see where we're going next," Coleman says. "We do what we enjoy doing, and aren't worried about what's going to happen after that. As long as we get to play in America, and people come out and listen – well, great."

Young, vicious and determined, The Music pack a mean punch. They're the new tyrannosaurs of rock, with many a bone to grind, and a colossal ego to boot. Metaphors aside, The Music really are a band to be reckoned with, and one to keep a close eye on.

Having mined the best riffs from what's left of '60s psychedelic rock, their sound may yet whet the appetites of the fickle American music fans who have often turned their noses up to many of The Music's unsuccessful predecessors. Blur they are not, and although the British music press may think they're the next Oasis, even Coleman admits he doesn't take all the hype surrounding the band too seriously.

"It just starts becoming amusing," he says. "We don't really pay much attention to it, we just want to get out and play to people – that's how we want to prove ourselves."

The countries The Music have conquered so far include their homeland of the U.K. and Japan, where the band can now sell out a 2,000-plus venue in less than 10 minutes. Coleman attributes a lot of The Music's success in Japan to the band's uncanny ability to transcend language barriers.

"Even though the audience might not understand what we're singing about, they're still there, getting into the music, and that's cool," Coleman says.

Although success may have stung The Music at an early age (they're all barely out of their teens), Coleman says it hasn't capsized his personal life yet. In fact, he's happy he's been able to escape the dull, mundane life he left behind in his hometown of Leeds, and he can think of nothing else he'd rather be doing with his time.

"You don't change much as a person," Coleman admits. "We're not home much anyway, so we don't even get to see our friends and family. We're constantly on the road touring, and that can, well, suck."

Assuming that The Music do have the same success on this side of the ocean, Coleman and his fellow bandmates may not be seeing their friends and family for a very long time.


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