The Wildhearts are a rock group from Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The band's sound is a mixture of hard rock and melodic pop music. When the band released their first EP Mondo Akimbo a-Go-Go they were touted in the music press as combining influences as diverse as The Beatles and 1980s-era Metallica although this was refuted by the band who saw their influences as being far broader, as shown in the song "29 X The Pain" which lists many of singer Ginger's influences. The Wildhearts were hugely influential in the British rock music scene in the mid-1990s, although they didn't achieve major commercial success, owing in part to the indifference of radio stations and the mainstream music press, and also many internal problems often relating to recreational drugs and depression. In the band's turbulent and unpredictable history, band-members have regularly been replaced, excepting founding member Ginger (real name David Walls), the singer, guitarist and predominant songwriter. The band have achieved several top 20 entries in the British singles charts and the band has remained at the forefront of the British Rock Scene since 1993.