Although its origins and evolution are too diverse to become a genre in itself, British rock has produced many of the most important groups and performers on the international scene, and has initiated or significantly developed many of the most influential subgenres that have predominated in the last decades.
From the formation of the bands that would popularize the post-punk revival to the groups that would create a distinctive identity within the scenes of folk and electronic music, we bring you a list of the best bands that have left the UK in the last fifteen years:
The alternative rock band formed in Sheffield, England in 2002 is composed of Alex Turner (vocals, guitar), Jamie ‘Cookie’ Cook (guitar), Nick O’Malley (bass) and Matt Helders (drums, vocals). By converting the sounds of Franz Ferdinand, The Clash, The Strokes and The Libertines into an hybrid of indie rock and danceable neo-punk, Arctic Monkeys became one of the biggest bands of the new millennium in the United Kingdom with five successful albums study.
The rise to success of the band began in early 2005 when songs belonging to a demo that had been delivered in the form of CDs in concerts reached the Internet. The demos spread quickly between message boards and friends, which led to a growing base of online followers of the band.
The group’s debut album, Whatever People Says I Am, That’s What I’m Not, held the record for the biggest sale of the first week of a debut album in the UK, where it sold more than the rest of the albums in the top 20
The band has stood out for being one of the most popular bands within the post-punk revival movement, obtaining multiple hits in the UK and selling more than 3 million albums worldwide. They have been nominated for several Grammy Awards and have received two Brit Awards.
The band has stood out for the use of Russian avant-garde images on the cover of their most successful singles and albums designed by Matthew Cooper: You Could Have It So Much Better, which refers to a 1924 portrait of Lilya Brik by Alexander Rodchenko; Take Me Out, which makes reference to Rodchenko’s One-Sixth Part Of The World and This Fire, which refers to Beat The Whites With The Red Wedge of The Lissitzky.
With five studio albums released since 2005, the Oxford band led by Yannis Philippakis has been recognized as one of the best live acts in the UK, characterized by their energetic performances and the enthusiasm of Philippakis on stage.
The musical influences of the band are varied, with members of the band citing minimal techno, Arthur Russell, Harmonia and Talking Heads as their main sources of inspiration for a style that has progressively changed combining math rock, dance-punk and hard rock.
Everything Everything is an English indie rock band from Manchester that was formed at the end of 2007. The band has released four albums to date: Man Alive from 2010, Arc from 2013, Get To Heaven from 2015 and A Fever Dream from 2017, and They have been widely acclaimed by critics.
The band is characterized by an extremely eclectic and dynamic style, with a complex composition of dense and detailed songs and lyrics sung in falsetto by Jonathan Higgs.
His influences, although rooted in rock, preserve elements of other genres such as electronics and house music. The band was formed at the 1999 Reading Festival by Kele Okereke and Russell Lissack. They went through a variety of names before establishing themselves as Bloc Party in 2003.
Gordon Moakes joined the band after responding to an ad in NME magazine, while Matt Tong was selected through an audition. The band would gain popularity when they gave DJ Steve Lamacq and Franz Ferdinand’s lead singer, Alex Kapranos, a copy of their She’s Hearing Voices demo.
With five studio albums in his career, the band has sold more than three million copies worldwide.
Mumford & Sons
The folk rock band formed in 2007 consists of Marcus Mumford (lead vocalist, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, drums), Ben Lovett (vocals, keyboard, piano, synthesizer), Winston Marshall (vocals, electric guitar, banjo) and Ted Dwane (voice, bass, double bass).
The group has become one of the most successful acts of the United Kingdom in recent years and has been recognized with several music awards throughout his career, receiving six nominations for the Grammy Awards. The live performance at the 2011 Grammy ceremony with Bob Dylan and The Avett Brothers, increased the popularity of the band in the United States.
The English rock band formed at Southend-on-Sea in 2005 is composed of lead vocalist Faris Badwan, guitarist Joshua Hayward, keyboardist Tom Cowan, bassist Rhys Webb and drummer and percussionist Joe Spurgeon. His music has been classified as a mix of garage rock, garage punk, gothic rock, shoegaze and post-punk revival.
The band has released five studio albums that have directly entered the top 40 songs of the UK: Strange House (2007), Primary Colors (2009), Skying (2011), Luminous (2014) and V (2017).
The xx is an English indie pop band formed in 2005 in Wandsworth, London that is currently composed by Romy Madley Croft (guitar, voice), Oliver Sim (bass, voice) and Jamie xx (beats, MPC, record production).
The band has a distinctive and unique minimalist sound that combines trends of indie pop, electronic, dream pop and electronic rock. Working with producer Rodaidh McDonald, the band released their debut album, xx, in August 2009, quickly becoming a commercial and critical success that catapulted the band to international recognition by winning the Mercury Prize in 2010.
The post-punk band remembers the tenacity and the most artistic movements of the London punk apogee with its scorching sound and noisy guitars. Hailing from the English capital, they formed in late 2011 after guitarist Gemma Thompson and singer Camille Berthomier – known as Jehnny Beth – postponed a name and started a band until they finally settled with Savages and started writing songs .
In 2012, Savages partnered with Matador Records to release their debut album, Silence Yourself. The band followed with its launch 2016 Adore Life, which generated comparisons with Swans, Soundgarden and PJ Harvey.
Florence + the Machine
The English indie rock band is made up of lead singer Florence Welch, keyboardist Isabella Summers and a collaboration of other artists. The band’s music is famous for its dramatic and eccentric production and also for the powerful vocal performances of Welch.
After her rise to fame following three successful studio albums, Welch has been compared to other singers such as Kate Bush, Siouxsie Sioux, PJ Harvey, Tori Amos and Björk. The style of the band has been described as «dark, robust and romantic.» where his music is a mixture of classic soul, baroque pop and art rock.
Wild Beasts was an English indie rock band formed in 2002 in Kendal. They released their first single called Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants on Bad Sneakers Records in November 2006 and later signed with Domino Records.
His second studio album entitled Two Dancers would produce the hit singles Hooting & Howling and All the King’s Men and would be nominated for the Mercury Prize. Before announcing their separation in September 2017, they released five acclaimed albums.
La Roux is an act of English synthpop formed in 2006 by singer Eleanor «Elly» Jackson and producer Ben Langmaid. His debut album La Roux (2009) was a critical and commercial success, won a Grammy Award and produced hit singles such as In for the Kill and Bulletproof.
The recording of a follow-up album was marred by unsuccessful collaborations, the cancellation of two planned release dates and the reported conflict between the duo. Langmaid finally left the group, and Jackson released a second album, Trouble in Paradise, in 2014, keeping the name of the collaboration.
Metronomy is an electronic music group formed in 1999 and currently composed by Joseph Mount (vocals, keyboards and guitar), Oscar Cash (saxophone, choirs, guitars and keyboards), Anna Prior (drums and vocals) and Gbenga Adelekan (bass guitar and voice).
In the beginning, his repertoire consisted of instrumental electronic music, until the release of Nights Out, where they reinvented themselves by making electronic vocal pop music. Mount also released remixes under the name of Metronomy and has remixed many artists such as Gorillaz, Sebastien Tellier, Roots Manuva, Franz Ferdinand, Klaxons, Goldfrapp, Young Knives, Zero 7, Ladytron, Kate Nash, Lady Gaga and Lykke Li.
Metronomy has released five albums in its career: Pip Paine (Pay The £ 5000 You Owe), Nights Out, The English Riviera, Love Letters and Summer 08.
Alt-J is an English indie rock band formed in 2007 in Leeds, by Gwil Sainsbury (guitar / bass), Joe Newman (guitar / lead vocal), Thom Sonny Green (drums) and Gus Unger-Hamilton (keyboards / voice) .
The debut album of the band An Awesome Wave was released in May 2012 and won the British Mercury Prize that year. After Gwil Sainsbury parted company with the band in early 2014, the group