Starsailor

Genres: Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": indie rock britpop alternative indie rock alternative rock seen live british pop Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 2000s

Biography

The success of Travis and Coldplay on the UK charts in the late 90s instigated the usual record company feeding frenzy, with their new target white bands playing no-frills, melodic rock music. Starsailor, who take their name from a Tim Buckley album and a fair amount of inspiration from the cult US singer-songwriter, emerged in 2000 as the most promising of these new bands. Formed in Lancashire, England by James Walsh (1980, Chorley, Lancashire, England; guitar/vocals), James Stelfox (b. Warrington, Lancashire, England; bass), Ben Byrne (b. England; drums), and Barry Westhead (b. Wigan, Lancashire, England; keyboards), the quartet enjoyed a remarkable rise to major label status. They played their first concert in April 2000 and were snapped up by EMI Records a few months later. Extensive radio-play and a supportive music press helped their Fever EP break into the UK Top 20 the following March. ‘Good Souls’ and ‘Alcoholic’ also made the upper...

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