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This piece of coursework is a magazine article in the style of those written in music magazine NME about a local Liverpool band. The information about the band is fictional and this piece was written for AS level English language/literature. It received a grade A. 'I don't really understand what it means either' muses the shaggy-haired, ghost-like lyricist and self-proclaimed 'eccentric', Joey Smith of Liverpool skank-indie foursome ( or 6-piece if you count estranged members Safety Abbie, on tambourine and Irish snaggle-tooth Shane McGowan on banjo) Tyro, when asked about the bands name. 'The drummer came up with it'. The drummer being 15 year old Jud, named after Julian Lennon who for reasons known only by himself couldn't be present at todays interview. 'yeah, he tends not to show up to these type of things' , quips tousled haired bassist Bryan Beckett. It seems Jud isn't the only member of the band reluctant to give anything to the interview, blonde and broody front-man Jay doesn't utter a word throughout the whole time I'm there. ...read more.

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For a band so young (the youngest member being 15 and the oldest only 17) , Tyro ooze confidence and ambition. Their debut EP 'The Sophie Sessions' boasts crowd pleasers such as 'Claret', 'Crossroads' and an unlikely cover of N.E.R.Ds 'Lap dance', and they are looking to be the head runners in the scouse-rock revolution, dubbed 'New-Mersey' , along with fellow Liverpool scenesters The Wombats and Hot Club De Paris. - Liverpool's famous for its music scene do you take much from that for your music? Joey: 'Nah, not really into the Beatles or anything, its kind of a clich´┐Ż really isn't it?' 'Yeah, I was saying that to Joshua just last month' grins Bryan (referring to Joshua Von Grimm of Horrors fame) clearly smitten with the fact that he is now firm friends with Southends Goth-garage 5 piece. 'Well, I wouldn't exactly say friends. ...read more.

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Cardiff. www.myspace.com/thewombatsuk. Alterkicks An old-fashioned but 'not retro' five-piece, who have just let the ink dry on a new deal with Indie label 'B-unique'. These young Bowie obsesso's are just about to embark on a tour with indie heroes Dirty Pretty Things and if you aren't already a huge fan (where have you been?) then make sure you check out new single 'On A Holiday' and they'll be your new favourite band in no time. www.myspace.com/alterkicks The Maybes? Possibly the likeliest of all the 'New-Mersey' bands to threaten Tyros position as 'Band-most-likely'. These old-timers have been at it for years, getting their name seen all over their hometown using graffiti. This lot 'eat, sleep and smoke rock and roll' and we can tell. Their live shows are as tight as a pair of Russell's skinnies and their energy on stage is electric. The 5-piece sound like 'A bomb going off in your head, a lyrical education to boot' - their words, not ours. www.myspace.com/themaybesliverpool ...read more.

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