With their 1993 debut album, New Wave
, the Auteurs
established themselves as one of England's best guitar bands of the early '90s. Driven by the bittersweet, ironic songwriting of Luke Haines
, the band's carefully crafted, three-minute pop songs are in the vein of the Kinks
, the Smiths
and the Beatles
, particularly the songs of George Harrison
. Yet the band never sounds like imitators -- they combine their influences into a signature sound, distinguished by Haines'
sharp lyrics and sighing melodies.