MEET THE BAND

THE BALTIMORE SUN

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."

Hear the Heavycoats at 9 p.m. Saturday at Fletcher's, 701 S. Bond St. Tickets are $7 and $10 for those younger than 21. Call 410-558-1889 or visit fletchersbar.com. For more information about the band, go to myspace.com/theheavycoats.

sam.sessa@baltsun.com

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