A bright new noise in U.K. alternative rock in the '90s and into the new millennium, Stereophonics were originally comprised of vocalist/guitarist Kelly Jones, bassist Richard Jones, and drummer Stuart Cable. They were formed in Cwmaman, South Wales, originally as the teenage cover band Tragic Love Company. Although early reviews cited the Manic Street Preachers as their most obvious influence, Jones proved to be an able writer and a singer of some distinction. Each of Stereophonics' singles during the mid- to late-'90s sold progressively better, culminating in a U.K. Top Ten placement for their debut album, Word Gets Around, and Top 20 honors for "Traffic." They have changed drummers but maintained a prolific release schedule of singles and albums, including 2013's Graffiti on the Train. ~ Alex Ogg
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