Formed in 1998 in New York City, The Stokes are arguably the most important and influential band to emerge in the 00s. Their slacker image and garage rock and post-punk-inspired retro sound was a major factor in triggering the garage rock revival that would dominate the decade. Their remarkable rise started when British label Rough Trade Records released The Modern Age EP. This sparked a frantic bidding war, which RCA Records eventually won. Their debut album sold well around the world, and although some critics felt the album was more derivative than inspired, reviews were generally highly praiseworthy. Subsequent albums have also sold well and earned critical acclaim, but have failed to have even a fraction of the impact of their debut. At the end of the 00s, when various members were pursuing a number of side projects, Is This It was hailed by many corners of the music press as the album of the decade, and it would be difficult to argue otherwise with regard to its sheer significance.
Followers: Arctic Monkeys, The Hoosiers, The Cribs, Kings Of Leon, The Kooks, Razorlight, Hockey, The Horrors
Influenced By: The Velvet Underground, Ramones, The Cars, John Lennon, The Stooges, Blondie, New York Dolls...