Serving up hooky pop tunes that blend a rocker's love of guitar crunch with a sharp and cynical sense of humor, Mike Brown and the Sneakies first formed in Brown's hometown of Geneseo, NY. Brown, who sings, plays guitar, and handles the songwriting, was looking for a group and eventually put one together with local percussionist Lew in 1998. The band put out their first EP, Where's Billy Trussell, only a few months later, and the disc sold over 1,000 copies in the local market thanks to the group's dynamic live show. However, Brown and his bandmates soon decided that upstate New York offered little room for growth to a band like themselves, and Brown and Lew relocated to Boston, hoping to take advantage of the city's fertile music scene. The band soon solidified its membership in Boston with the addition of two new Sneakies, lead guitarist Jay Barclay and bassist Scott Bressler, and after months of hard work, Mike Brown and the Sneakies began making a dent in the Massachusetts club circuit. The group's first full-length album, Big Jealous You, was released to positive local press in 2001.
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