Pop Genealogy: McFly

McFly is a British pop/rock band to whom I devoted most of the formative years of my life. This band, with the charm and appeal of a boyband, but one that wrote their own songs and played their own instruments better live than on the record, was my life from the age of 14-23. Hell. To this day I’d probably give Tom Fletcher a kidney if he needed it, and I happened to be a match. My point being, I love this band.

Formed in 2003 and signed to Island records in 2004, this British quartet consists of the aforementioned Tom Fletcher (guitar, vocals, piano), Danny Jones (guitar, vocals), Dougie Poynter (bass, vocals), and Harry Judd (drums). Fletcher and Jones do the bulk of the songwriting. They have a Lennon-McCartney kind of relationship. They are talented men in their own right, but it’s when they come together that magic is made.

The Beatles

I know what you’re thinking. “Oh, shocking. A band inspired by The Beatles? Original.” But it’s relevant! From the harmonies, and ’60s melodic patterns, McFly captures an Beatles-esque vibe without directly treading on the toes of the greats.

Bruce Springsteen

Co-lead vocalist and guitarist Danny Jones wishes he was Bruce Springsteen. Over the years he’s adopted fashion, posture, affinities for telecasters, and naturally, song writing styles. No song illustrates this better than “Falling In Love”. Driving acoustic rhythms and husky singing styles, Springsteen is the father Jones never had.

Blink 182

Tom Fletcher and Danny Jones are the primary songwriters for the band, but a third voice brings the band into the new millennium. Bassist Dougie Poynter is a student of pop punk with Blink 182 at the helm.

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