The Heavycoats

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Hometown: Baltimore

Current members: Nate Lyttle, guitars; Jesse Lyell, vocals and guitar; Paul Gier, bass and vocals; Jeff Martin, drums

Founded in: 2004

Style: energetic indie/new wave/pop

Influenced by: Gwen Stefani, the Birthday Party, Depeche Mode, Echo and the Bunnymen

Notable: Martin, an Iceland lover, convinced his bandmates to fly to the country with him and play two short tours in the past year or so. While there, they landed a gig at the 2005 Iceland Airwaves Festival. After their performance, London indie label Outafocus asked for a single, which will be released in Britain this fall.

Quotable: "It was totally surreal," Lyell said. "Every time we go there, it's just this bizarre Elf-land experience. It's just crazy."

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[Sam Sessa]

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