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National Heroes
Tales of the Town

Tongue in cheek, fun and very very good, National Heroes would fit neatly into the same box as The Kaiser Chiefs in terms of cheeky songwriting and occasional lyrical mastery – but they sound more like they’ve been hanging out with The Jam, Ian Dury and Veruca Salt.

The promo picture that sees a mix of mod-style leather jackets and top hats sums the band up beautifully. It belongs very much to London, and the down-in-the-heel scruffiness of an artful-dodger type of character suits the bashful, unassuming intelligence of the music.

This isn’t even British music – it’s actually very English, but thankfully not in a flag-waving, jingoistic way.

A great verse, a great chorus – it’s a great song. It’s not about The City of London, it’s about London Town and you should check it out.

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Steve Fenton writes in our music, words, and culture categories. He was Editor in Chief for The Mag and covered live music for DV8 Magazine and Spill Magazine. He was often found in venues throughout the UK alongside ace-photographer, Mark Holloway. Steve is also a technical writer and programmer and writes gothic fiction. Steve studied Psychology at OSC, and Anarchy in the UK: A History of Punk from 1976-1978 at the University of Reading.

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