Release Date: Mar 14, 2006
Record label: Atlantic
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
Naturally, NME called Hard-Fi's debut album, Stars of CCTV, "the album of the year" upon its U.K. release in 2005. A year later, the Staines, England, foursome had a Mercury Music Prize nomination under its belt as well as two Brit Awards nods and a U.K. number one album. Those following the buzz ….
Moaning about where you come from has been a staple of pop lyrics for years, but few have quite as much to moan about as Hard-Fi. Hailing from Staines, the quartet write songs about bankruptcy, joyriders and industrial estates. The trigger for Stars of CCTV is an urge to leave: "Straight out of west London, like a loaded gun." Hard-Fi's edge over more derivative rivals lies in a formula that delivers old Specials and Clash reggae vibes with the big-tune ratio of a boy band.