Robert Capra and Alan Levin first met in 1989 and performed throughout the Boston area in various bands. In 1991, they became Urban Oasis with Capra singing lead, playing guitar and handling the song writing duties. Levin played keyboards and assisted with backing vocals. John Stetson served as the drummer, and Bob Willems played bass. Urban Oasis recorded one demo, which featured an early version of "Details," a song subsequently added onto Thought Brigade's debut. When Urban Oasis disbanded in 1993, Levin left for New York and Capra formed Drift, a band that garnered some attention on college radio with their one four-song CD, There's Goes Another Novel. In 1997, Drift was no more, and Levin and Capra reunited in Boston to create Thought Brigade. With studio musicians John Ditty and Chris Lynch, they recorded the full length Painfully Close in 1999. Drummer Pat Santorelli and bassist Ron Peddle formally joined Thought Brigade upon the disc's summer 1999 release.
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