The U.K. Beat is a revivalist band in the tradition
of such musically-varied artists as Sha Na Na, the Blues Brothers and the early
Black Crowes. (Revivalist
bands are performers who are inspired by an entire genre of music and who
are dedicated to curating and recreating that genre and introducing it to
younger audiences who have not experienced that music first-hand).
In the same way that Sha Na Na were
proponents for 1950s doo-wop, the Blues Brothers were evangelists
for R&B, blues and soul and the early Black Crowes preached 1970s
blues-rock – The U.K. Beat are torchbearers for 1960s British rock.
The four members were inspired to
start the band by their shared passion for the British rock
renaissance of the 1960s – the uniquely British synthesis of rock
‘n’ roll, R&B, skiffle, beat music, music hall and Tin Pan Alley
that evolved into the British Invasion and English psychedelia. It
is the musical movement that is considered by rock historians and
garage-band cheerleaders such as “Little” Steven Van Zandt to be the
foundation of today’s
garage rock revival. It is also the music cited by top
contemporary bands such as The White Stripes, The Strokes, The Hives
and The Vines as their major inspiration.
The U.K. Beat specialize in live
performance of music by seminal British bands of the 1960s
including: The Beatles, Stones,
Small Faces, Manfred Mann,
Pretty Things, Dave Clark Five,
Spencer Davis Group – and the first
incarnations of the Moody Blues,
Procol Harum, Bee Gees
and the Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd.
Their repertoire is drawn from the
vast catalogue of songs by those bands – especially songs that are
rarely performed on stage nowadays. Many of the songs were popular
hits on both sides of the Atlantic four decades ago – but did not
become fodder on oldies radio – and are thus fresh to the public’s
ears. Some of their repertoire is drawn from lost treasures that
were hits only in their native UK and that are delightful new
discoveries to American fans of the genre.
Wouldn’t it be nice to get on
with me neighbors?
But they make it very clear –
they’ve got no room for The U.K. Beat
The band in based in Los Angeles. Since forming in 2003 they have
built a substantial local following and have been chosen to play at
many prestigious events. They also attract major stars who enjoy
guesting with the band.
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