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


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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