Rising musical star: McFly

September 21, 2012

If you’ve ever seen Just My Luck, a 2006 chick flick starring Lindsay Lohan and Chris Pine, chances are you’re familiar with the dulcet tones of pop-rock Brit band McFly, whose fictional attempts to make it in the music business help create part of the movie’s storyline. The band, which is in fact, a real group (and not simply a set of actors used for the film) consists of four members: Tom Fletcher (lead vocals, piano, guitar), Danny Jones (lead vocals, guitar), Dougie Poynter (bass), and Harry Judd (drums). Rising stars in the recent British invasion of musical acts, McFly is the youngest band to have an album début #1 on the UK charts. They have performed together since 2002, when a series of circumstances (arguably fateful) led to their creation.

Fletcher, who had been offered a songwriting position with Island Records after being rejected from a boy band they were developing, came across Jones – who he instantly connected with and consequently offered to become writing partners with. As their collaboration flourished, the pair decided to start their own band, which led to the introductions of Poynter and Judd. And the rest, as they say, is history.

McFly have released five studio albums to date, all of which have been relatively successful in the UK – enough to prompt a compilation of their biggest such successes, All the Greatest Hits. A sixth studio album is planned for release in the summer of 2013. McFly’s most recent notable performance was at the London 2012 Olympic celebrations, where they performed in front of 50,000 people in England’s Hyde Park.

With over 1.2 million likes on Facebook and 230,000+ followers on Twitter, it’s a bit of a surprise that the group has yet to completely win over the hearts of the USA. But that seems to be their next objective, as the talented quartet has recently launched a campaign called McFly USA Film Project. The endeavor, which invites fans to send in their messages telling the band why they want to “make McFly a force in the USA”, hopes to spread the message about the pop-rock wonders and propel them to well-deserved international stardom. Further information about the project as well as the latest updates can be found at mcflyusa.com.

“I’ve Got You”, one of the songs featured in Just My Luck, is a feel-good, upbeat ballad that I personally find to be a good introduction to the band. Along with adhering equal attention to the group’s vocals and instrumentals, the number features an infectious rhythm that easily draws in audiences. Another good representation of McFly’s talents is “5 Colours in Her Hair”,  which – apart from being their first UK number one – is typically the final track that they perform whilst on tour.

Whether you’re a fan of British artists, pop-rock bands, or simply music in general, McFly is a group that certainly deserves attention. Check out their performances in Just My Luck, give a song or two a listen, or look up some of their music videos on YouTube. You just may find yourself joining in the movement to bring the boys back to the US!


-Shelley DeHekker


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