London, England-based indie pop band formed in 2000 by Damian Katkhuda (vocals), Dom Hazlehurst (guitar), Tom Worsley (bass/keyboards), and Ben Kempton (drums). Katkhuda and Hazlehurst had played together in an earlier incarnation of the band, but it was not until they met up again in London that their musical vision began to take shape. Taking their name from a character in an Arlo Guthrie song, the quartet recorded a three-track demo and within a few months had signed a recording contract with Cooking Vinyl Records, despite the fact they had only made a handful of live appearances. They hooked up with producer Charlie Francis and released the mini-album, The Magic Land Of Radio, in July 2002. Suffused with both a very English pastoral melancholy and a majestic widescreen drift reminiscent of American country music, the album proved to be one of the year’s most unassuming treasures.
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