Another year, another wave of quirky British bands pouring into the States. It's got all the makings of a new British Invasion. Well, except for one thing — the invasion. For every Bloc Party and Franz Ferdinand that succeeds in North America, there are dozens more that barely make it across the pond — and dozens of critics ready to lump 'em all under the same "art rock" or "New Wave revival" categories. The thing is, many of these bands come from a different lineage, one that started at the end of the '70s, when groups like The Jam, The Specials, and Squeeze were deciding what to do after punk — but without forgetting it. There are plenty of new bands with this same attitude: that post-punk doesn't have to be mopey and melodramatic. And they've got the same problem, too — an American audience far smaller... More >>>