Words by Nico
- Read on for a proper sonic throwback to the forgotten greats of the noughties
- Notable mentions: The Dandy Warhols, Black Kids and Caesars
- For fans of: feeling very old, very quickly
Before strutting around The Pyramid Stage with fellow Shadow Puppet Alex Turner, Miles Kane fronted indie three-piece The Rascals. The Wirral based band, under the wing of Deltasonic Records & Alan Wills toured with the likes of Arctic Monkeys before splitting in 2009, with Miles choosing to pursue a semi-successful solo career.
The controversially named ‘Black Kids’ shot to fame in 2008 during which time they play the mighty heights of Coachella, Glastonbury & Reading/Leeds. After being included on the BBC Sound Poll the band released their cult debut album ‘Partie Traumatic’ on Columbia and received several big syncs, most notably The Twelves remix of ‘I’m not gonna teach your boyfriend how to dance with you’ on FIFA ‘09 - simpler times.
More often than not, Hot Club De Paris could be found playing at least one O2 Academy across the country at any one time. The relentless riffy scouse three-piece released their debut album ‘Drop It ‘til It Pops’ on Moshi Moshi in 2006, and despite supporting the likes of Jamie T & Joan of Arc and touring Europe, the US & Scandinavia (I know right?), their go-to hit ‘Shipwreck’ only charted at #153 in the UK Charts.
Forever to be known as the ‘what could have beens’, Harrisons graduated from the same mid-noughties Sheffield scene as none other than Milburn, Bromheads Jackets, and Little Man Tate. Forever in and out of NME magazine, and with an appearance at Texas’ South-By-South-West Festival, the band signed to Melodic Records in ’06 – but split up the week before their debut album hit the shelves in 2008.
Kiwi act Ladyhawke, centred around singer-songwriter Pip Brown, broke in 2007 following a series of unsuccessful projects ‘Teenager’ & ‘Two Lane Backdrop’. After signing to Modular Recordings, the label behind Tame Impala & Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and releasing a self-titled debut album in 2008, Brown’s album was certified as platinum in New Zealand and gold in the UK and Australia.
Yet another band that some would say 'made it big from syncs'. Others would say 'one-hit-wonder'. Regardless, Swedish band Caesars hit the jackpot with their gargantuan 2002 hit ‘Jerk It Out’, which you may recognise from every advert ever, plus video games SSX3 and FIFA 2004. Fun fact: Caesars had to change their name from Caesars Palace due to threat of legal action for the infamous Vegas establishment.
Possibly one of Scotland’s best exports after Irn Bru, Domino Records’ Sons & Daughters could certainly write a banger. Despite minimal mainstream success they gained a cult following after releasing tracks like ‘Johnny Cash’& ‘Gilt Complex’. Their eleven year career saw them tour the world including support dates for Morrissey after being personally hand-picked by The Smiths frontman.
Love Vodafone adverts? Then you’ll LOVE The Dandy Warhols…
The huge success of ‘Bohemian Like You’ following its synchronization on a worldwide mobile phone commercial powered The Dandy Warhols straight into the mainstream, giving them foundations for a career spanning over 20 years. Ten albums, a feature length cinematic film ‘Dig!’ & a 2016 comeback album later and TDW are still one of the truly underrated indie bands to really break the noughties.
The only consistent member since their conception, Craig Nicholls, is responsible for such anthems as ‘Get Free’ & ‘Ride’ and is known for an erratic stage presence embodying a true punk ethos. From being on the front cover of Rolling Stone Magazine in late 2002 and a platinum selling debut album in their home country, Australia’s The Vines set the bar high for garage indie fifteen years ago.
Unlike many of the others in this list, The Holloways boast a UK Top 20 charting single, ‘Generator’. The late 00s was a solid time for the band, playing The Other Stage at Glastonbury, V Festival & Ibiza Rocks, plus supporting huge acts like The Kooks, The Wombats and Babyshambles on tour. Sadly the band parted ways in 2011 to pursue solo projects, and in late 2014 guitarist and founding member Rob Skipper died from a heroin overdose. Heavy, heavy stuff.