Best known for his tenure in the hard-to-peg-down Welsh outfit Super Furry Animals, Gruff Rhys has a long history in British rock. Born in 1970, Rhys played in Creation Records' Emily as well as Ffa Coffi Pawb, but his first foray into the musical arts was at the ripe age of five, when he wrote an odd little number about a train driver who's contemplating his own death. In 1990, a chance meeting helped lead to the development of what would become Super Furry Animals. First a left-field techno group, then later a whacked-out guitar group, SFA got much of their character and respect from Rhys' outlandish and obscure lyrical slants. After many critically acclaimed singles and full-lengths, Rhys released his solo outing Yr Atal Genhedlaeth in 2005. And in true Gruff Rhys form, it was an entirely Welsh affair. He followed up the release with a small sampling of dates in his native homeland.
Shaznay Lewis was a member of the popular girl group All Saints (1996-2001 and 2006- 2009). She grew up listening to Bob Marley and Johnny Mathis. As a teenager, Lewis played three matches for Arsenal Ladies, a successful ladies' football team in London, UK. She returned to football in the 2002 hit movie Bend It Like Beckham in the role of the team captain and can be seen playing football in several training and match scenes.
Lewis had been entering singing contests since the age of 13. At a party, her friends introduced her to Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot of Curiosity Killed the Cat, who then took her to the Metamorphisis recording studios on All Saints Road in London and started doing backing vocals. It was there she met Melanie Blatt in 1993 and they proceeded to record together. Together with Simone Rainford they formed the group All Saints 188.8.131.52. which was later renamed All Saints. Soon after Rainford left the group, Nicole and Natalie Appleton joined.
Singer-songwriters Deb Talan & Steve Tannen began writing together the night they met, and soon formed indie band The Weepies. On the strength of their simple yet insightful songwriting and distinctive harmonies, they quietly sold more than a million records, with over 17 million streams on Spotify, and 20 million views on YouTube. They married and had three children, rarely touring but continuing to release their music, five records over seven years. Just before Christmas 2013, when their youngest son was 17 months old, Deb Talan was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. She was in chemo by New Year’s Eve.
The Rifles (formed in 2004) are an English rock band from London, UK. They are heavily influenced by The Clash, The Jam and 90s Britpop. Their debut album “No Love Lost” was released on 17 July 2006. Their highest charting single is ‘Repeated Offender,’ which reached #26.
The band’s current line-up is as follows:
They released their delayed second album entitled Great Escape on 26th January 2009 (originally scheduled for 13th October 2008 release), which peaked at 27 in the UK charts and reached the number 2 slot in the UK indie charts. The first single from the album ‘Fall To Sorrow’ was also released that day.
The Junkie XL moniker began with 1997's Saturday Teenage Kick. Solo efforts that followed were 2000’s Big Sound Of The Drags and 2003’s Radio JXL: A Broadcast From The Computer Hell Cabin. Radio JXL included collaborations with Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan, Gary Numan, The Cure’s Robert Smith and Public Enemy’s Chuck D. The U.S. release included the breakthrough remix of Elvis Presley’s 1968 single, “A Little Less Conversation,” marking the first time the Presley Estate ever granted permission to any producer to retouch any Elvis material. The track, originally created for a 2002 Nike World Cup Commercial, went on to be featured in several films, including Ocean’s Eleven. The song became a #1 hit in more than 20 countries worldwide.