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Don't call us Busted.

Byline: By Jo Manning South Wales Echo

They're gorgeous, they wield guitars and their choruses are more stadium-friendly than the Brazilian soccer team.

But if you compare Rooster - the latest rock band to get many a teenagers' heart a-fluttering - to Busted, they won't be happy.

'It's a pain in the backside that people feel they have to pigeon-hole you,' says 24-year-old lead singer Nick Atkinson when asked about the 'B'-word.

'For some reason they have decided to lump us in with people like Busted and McFly, but these people have probably never heard our music or seen us play. We're nothing like them.'

Indeed, whereas Busted and McFly have been making pop-metal more acceptable for rugrats, Rooster's sound is a more mature old-skool rock, in tune with the Aerosmiths, Primal Screams and Lenny Kravitzes of this world.

Come Get Some and their latest single Staring At The Sun have both breached the top 10, and Nick, along with bandmates Luke Potashnick on guitar, bassist Ben Smyth and drummer David Neale, have long been fans of swaggering rockers like Led Zeppelin, Velvet Revolver and Free's late guitarist Paul Kossoff.

But there's no denying that Busted's recent demise should see Rooster capitalising on the gap in the market, and expect to see their eponymously-titled debut album, released last Monday, do well this year.

They're also currently in the middle of a UK tour, which calls in at Cardiff University's Student Union on Park Place on Tuesday, so you can make up your own mind then.

Rooster hit the big-time last autumn when Scott Mills started playing Come Get Some on his Radio 1 afternoon show and the single reached number seven in the charts. But Nick and Luke, 22, go way back to their school days. Their paths crossed from time to time, although it wasn't until they were both living in London as students that the pair got together and began writing material with a view to starting a band.

The pair knew drummer Dave Neale from previous gigs and auditioned bass player Ben Smyth after putting an advert in Kerrang! The band settled on the name Rooster after Nick came home pounds 250 richer after putting a bet on a horse called Rooster Booster.

An inauspicious start perhaps, but now it seems Rooster are busy embracing a wide range of fans to the bosom of their music and not just teenage rock chicks.

'Every week we seem to see more older rockers turning up and they love it as much as the 18-year-old girls at the front. It's nice to have their approval and it's always a pleasure to entertain the girls!' jokes Nick.

'I think in the beginning people were just seeing us as young, reasonably good-looking blokes in a band for teenage girls. And when we started out properly last October, they made up most of our audience.

'But since we've played across the country and had the radio airplay, more and more blokes have been coming to the gigs.'

Rooster play Cardiff University's Student Union on Tuesday, February 1. Tickets are priced at pounds 7.50 and are available on 029 2078 1458
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 29, 2005
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