The Strokes

While they might be as New York as a pastrami on rye, The Strokes’ first taste of success came from the UK. Their first album, Is This It, was voted one of the 100 greatest debut albums of all time and paved the way for the resurgence in garage music. 
 
Founded by Julian Casablancas, Nick Valensi, Albert Hammond Jr, Nikolai Fraiture and Fabrizio Moretti, The Strokes burst onto the scene at a time when rock was becoming bloated and stadium-sized. Their skinny, stripped-back guitar sound and modulated vocals served to remind people that rock ‘n’ roll didn’t have to be overblown to pack a punch.
 
However, since then, The Strokes have dabbled in other genres, including electronica and 80s pop. On albums, such as Angles and Comedown Machine, you’ll hear influences from the likes of Aha and The Cure, as much as their earlier touchstones, The Velvet Underground and Nirvana.