the Strugglers is primarily composed by frontman Brice Randall Bickford, who founded the group in 2001. With help from a rotating cast of musicians, Bickford began crafting an atmospheric sound that was equally indebted to Will Oldham, Red House Painters, and Neil Young, with tremulous vocals to match. The debut album Done by the Strugglers arrived in 2001, and Bickford slowly fleshed out his band's melancholic material on such subsequent efforts as 2003's New Room, 2005's You Win, and the Fair Store EP. Although the Strugglers' music depicted the pastoral landscape of Bickford's native North Carolina, the European label Acuarela Discos remained a strong champion of the band and issued a number of their albums, including The Latest Rights in 2008.
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