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This UK band shot to prominence on the back of excitable comparisons to Jeff Buckley and Radiohead, for many commentators the twin figureheads of tortured white rock music in the late 90s. In reality, Coldplay’s inoffensive and slightly bland acoustic rock songs bear stronger comparison to the hugely successful Travis.

The band was formed in January 1998 by UCL students Chris Martin (2 March 1977, Exeter, Devon, England; vocals, guitar, piano), Jonny Buckland (b. 11 September 1977, London, England; guitar), Guy Berryman (b. 12 April 1978, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland; bass) and Will Champion (b. 31 July 1978, Southampton, Hampshire, England; drums). Self-financed demo sessions were productive enough to warrant the release of the Safety EP in May. One of the tracks on the EP, ‘Bigger Stronger’, earned the band excellent notices in the UK press. They appeared at September’s In The City showcase for unsigned bands, but a...

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