23/09/2018: “A Thousand Trees” by Stereophonics

I had never known that Stereophonics were a Welsh band. Along with Super Furry Animals, they’ve got to be one of Wales’ best musical exports.

In many ways, Stereophonics are the Welsh contribution to the Britpop phenomenon; there’s more than a faint whiff of Oasis to their catchy back catalogue.

“A Thousand Trees” is about inappropriate relationship between a coach and a student, which is has unfortunately become a common occurrence on the news…

It’s rousing 90s British Pop Rock, with none of the cheesiness of American Pop Punk. The main guitar riff is simple but effective, with the gravelly tones of Kelly Jones cutting a rough path through the noisy wall of sound presented by the rest of the band.

The song was released in 1997 on the Stereophonics’ debut album, Word Gets Around. 

If the concept of Britain involves 4 nations, then there’s not many better affirmations of Britain than this!

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