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Stereophonics Biography

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Birth Place: Cwmaman, Wales, United Kingdom
Years Active: 1992–present
Genres: Rock, Alternative Rock, Post-Britpop, Indie Rock

Stereophonics is a Welsh rock band that formed in 1992 in the village of Cwmaman in Cynon Valley, Wales. The band is comprised of lead vocalist and guitarist Kelly Jones, bassist Richard Jones, guitarist and Adam Zindani, Jamie Morrison on drums and touring member Tony Kirkham on keyboards.

Jones and Jones are childhood friends who grew up together in the village of Cwmaman, Wales, along with original drummer Stuart Cable and previous lead singer Ieuan Beal. The foursome connected over music and began to write their own material when they were teenagers in the cover band Tragic Love Company.

The band was signed by a V2 Record label representative in 1996. Stereophonics wasted no time getting to work on their debut album, “Word Gets Around,” which arrived in 1997. The record reached #6 in the U.K., aided by the singles “Local Boy in the Photograph,” “More Life in a Tramps Vest” and “A Thousand Trees.”

1999 saw the release of the band's second studio album, “Performance and Cocktails ” which peaked at #1 on the U.K. Albums chart. “Performance and Cocktails” gave Stereophonics three straight top five singles in the British charts with “The Bartender and the Thief” reaching #3, and both “Just Looking” and "Pick a Part That's New" reaching #4.

Their next album, “Just Enough Education to Perform” was released in 2001 and contained one of the band's most famous tracks, “Have a Nice Day,” which peaked at #5 on the U.K. Singles chart. The album again saw the band atop the U.K. Albums chart and spawned two additional Top 10 singles, “Mr. Writer” and “Handbags and Gladrags.”

The band's fourth record, “You Gotta Go There to Come Back,” was released in 2003. It became their third consecutive album to top the U.K. Albums chart. It was the final Stereophonics album with long-time original drummer the late Stuart Cable who was eventually replaced by Javier Weyler. Cable was later found dead at his home on June 7, 2010, he was 40.

Their fifth studio album, “Language. Sex. Violence. Other?” was released in March 2005. It marked their first recording with new drummer Weyler. They achieved their first #1 hit on the U.K. Singles chart with the album's first single, “Dakota.” The second single from the album was “Superman,” peaking at #13. The album again reached #1 in the U.K. Stereophonics’ sixth album, “Pull the Pin,” was released in October 2007. The album reached #1 in the U.K., becoming the band's fifth consecutive studio album to do so.

The band's seventh album, “Keep Calm and Carry On,” was released in 2009. It reached #11 on the U.K. Albums chart, ending their streak of #1 records. “Graffiti on the Train,” their eighth studio album, was released in 2013. This was the last record to feature drummer Javier Weyler, who was officially replaced by ex-Noisettes Jamie Morrison. The album peaked at #3 in the U.K. and #1 on the U.K. Indie Albums chart.