Selected by Dan
While no one took a band
that came to fame thanks largely to a Sony MD commercial seriously, Reef persevered and
will bring their variant of Britpop to dedicated fans at Akasaka Blitz for two days in
Created in 1993 by Gary Stringer (vocals), Kenwyn House (guitar), Jack Bessant (bass) and
Dominic Greensmith (drums), Reef were initially known as Naked, changing their name when
Sony signed them on the condition that they do so.
The group issued their debut single, "Good Feeling," in 1995, and a few months
later laid down "Naked" for a TV commercial for Sony' MD player. The commercial
helped "Naked" reach number 11, and boosted the fortunes of their debut album Replenish.
After an opening slot became available for Paul Weller at the Royal Albert Hall in 1994,
Reef began to tour in support of the Rolling Stones and Soundgarden, bands with whom they
had decidedly more in common with soundwise than British peers like Oasis and Blur. Unlike
the heavily Beatles-influenced melodic sound of most of the Britpop crop, Reefs sound
recalls the crunchier feel of the Stones or the Black Crowes.
Reef released a new single "Place Your Hands," in the fall of 1996, unexpectedly
surging into the Top 10. The song created a buzz preceding the release of their second
album, Glow, in 1997. Glow debuted at number one in the charts and went
gold in its first week on the strengths of the singles "Come Back Brighter" and
Akasaka Blitz on January 16-17. See listings