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Joel Stoker (vocals), Lucas Crowther (guitar), Rob Pyne (bass), and Grant Marsh (drums) create the jaunty garage rock sound of the Rifles. With their Jam-like swagger and matched playfulness to the Kooks, the Rifles came together in London in 2003. They made their performance debut a year later and earned praise from NME and BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe, who quickly championed the Rifles' boyish rock & roll fun. Their debut, "When I'm Alone," arrived in May 2005 and did moderately well among their growing fan base, but it was "Local Boy" that gave the Rifles their first U.K. Top 40 hit that fall. Other chart hits, such as the Strokes-like "Repeat Offender" and "She's Got Standards," added to the band's heightened popularity in 2006. Produced by Ian Broudie (the Coral, the Subways, I Am Kloot), No Love Lost marked the Rifles' debut full-length in July. Additional U.K. club shows and appearances at the annual V Festival in Chelmsford and Staffordshire followed in August. Three years later, in 2009, the band returned with their sophomore record, Great Escape. Shortly after it was released, Marsh and Pyne bid farewell to the Rifles. Undeterred by lineup changes, the band released three further albums, culminating in 2016's Big Life. ~ MacKenzie Wilson