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    The Inventive New Class of English Rock

    Here are British bands making major waves worldwide

    • Years & Years

      Exciting stuff is happening over the pond. A new breed of bands are taking over the rock world, making guitar music exciting again. Their secret? Combining inventive, new genres with older ones. Here are some of the main acts making waves. Learn 'em, impressive your friends. Simple!

      London's Years & Years have been bubbling under the surface for a while now (unless you're an Anglophile, in which case you've probably been living with this band forever now). Much of their success is due to frontman Olly Alexander's charisma. He's an undeniable frontman and character, also one of pop progression: He writes pop songs about his boyfriend, unafraid of using male pronouns—even on the band's debut album. It's a small victory that speaks volumes.