Welsh indie rock giants Stereophonics entered the abundant Post-Britpop time when the likes of other Welsh giants such as The Manic Street Preachers and Catatonia were highly popular, and Shed Seven and Supergrass were part of the burgeoning indie scene.
The Stereophonics line-up consists of Kelly Jones – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards (since 1992), Richard Jones – bass guitar, vocals, harmonica, piano (since 1992) and Adam Zindani – lead guitar, vocals (since 2007). Previous members included Stuart Cable – drums, percussion, backing vocals (1992–2003) and Javier Weyler – drums, percussion (2004-2012).
The band become known for frontman Kelly Jone’s raspy, catchy voice and was snapped up immediately by band manager John Brand who recognised their talent and two months later, in May 1996, Stereophonics were signed to Richard Brand’s new record venture, V2. The largely autobiographical first album Word Gets Around released in 1997 was a massive success, peaking at #6 on the UK Album Chart and spawned the hit singles "Looks Like Chaplin", "Local Boy in the Photograph", "More Life in a Tramp's Vest", "A Thousand Trees" and "Traffic". Stereophonics had captured the imagination of the public with their songs written about everyday life in Cwmaman, Wales. In February 1998 the band received a BRIT Award for "Local Boy in the Photograph" with the album reaching gold, for selling 100,000 copies.
Stereophonics follow-up album Performance and Cocktails (1998) did not disappoint, and propelled straight to the top 10 on the UK Album Chart, reaching the #1 spot in 1999 and achieving platinum status with a staggering 300,000 albums sold in three weeks. "The Bartender and the Thief" and "Just Looking" rocketed to the top of the Singles Chart and in the same year Stereophonics played to a packed 50,000 capacity Morfa Stadium, Wales and toured the world heavily during the late 1990s.
By the new millennium Stereophonics had reached mainstream success and released their third album Just Enough Education to Perform (JEEP) which contained the poppy “Mr Writer” and equally radio-friendly “Have a Nice Day” which reached #5 on the UK Singles Chart in 2001. To promote the new album, Stereophonics performed at a two day festival: A Day at the Races which was held at Donington Park and Cardiff’s Millenium Stadium.
This was followed up with their 4th effort You Gotta Go There to Come Back and at this time, Stuart Cable was removed from the band for lack of commitment and replaced with Javier Weyler. Stereophonics toured the UK throughout 2003-2004 with sold-out shows, and ended with a Christmas concert at the Millennium Stadium Cardiff with support from indie friends Ocean Colour Scene and Feeder.
During the late 2000s Stereophonics began to cut back from touring and weren’t as prevalent as in previous times. The band released 5th album Language. Sex. Violence. Other? and Live from Dakota, but family commitments meant that they were unable to play some shows and pulled out supporting Oasis in 2006.
Stereophonics continued to play across the UK rock festival circuit and released Decade in the Sun: The Best of Stereophonics in 2008.