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Scroll through the comments under DYGL’s videos on YouTube, and the same reaction comes up again and again: I could’ve sworn this lot were from England.

It isn’t just the music the Tokyo-bred quartet makes, channeling the best bits of guitar acts from The Clash to The Kooks into songs that sound like established parts of the indie-rock canon the first time you hear them. It’s also the way frontman Nobuki Akiyama sings: not just in English, but with a convincing British accent, albeit one whose precise region is impossible to place.

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