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I haven't heard of the other bands, only Mika... anyone?

 

Musical talents deliver unapologetic sounds, visions

 

By Naomi Rougeau

The Daily Texan

University of Texas

 

Unlike most of their contemporaries, these musicians from across the pond, understanding the importance of image, have carefully fashioned identities that complement their unique creative visions. Rather than succumbing to current trends, they have set their own and truly live their music.

 

The Horrors

 

These lanky English lads look something like the love children of Dior Homme's Hedi Slimane and Morticia Adams. Featuring songs like "Jack the Ripper" and "Sheena is a Parasite," their most recent release, Strange House, lends a dark, romantic appeal to the controversial garage rock band. Not in the least bit concerned with ruffling a few feathers, they have successfully been banned from MTV after being deemed too gruesome and have unabashedly caused thousands in damages at clubs from New York to Newcastle.

 

The band's couldn't-care-less attitude is reflected in their wardrobe of slimly-tailored black and white separates and hair that could only have been achieved through high-voltage electric currents. Top it all off with heavily kohl-rimmed lids, haven't-seen-the-sun-for-years complexions and pointy boots suitable for roaming London's back alleys long after dark, they create a charmingly Burtonesque vision.

 

Mika

 

The multitalented pop musician's debut album, aptly titled Life in Cartoon Motion, seems to dictate his dress sense as well. As the new face of Paul Smith, the young artist claims to be interested in style, not fashion. But with a quirky wardrobe of candy-colored skinny jeans, suspenders and sneakers, mop-topped Mika has gained a massive following on both sides of the Atlantic. Throw in a horde of lollipop-toting "big girls" and some furry animal costumes on stage, and you get the high-energy, over-the-top pop circus of which Mika is ringmaster.

 

British Sea Power

 

Here is a hearty collection of indie rockers who perform in traditional World War I British naval uniforms, most frequently at their own club, "Club Sea Power," in Brighton, England. Elaborate setups often include ship rigging, marching drums and occasionally (and inexplicably) a ten-foot bear, Ursine Ultra, who band members must fend off.

 

The fascination with militaria extends well beyond their live act, as journalists are often given grid references rather than precise interview locations. Their dedicated fan base, the Third Battalion, plays an integral part in this nautical fantasy, often turning up to concerts in similar garb.

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