Taking their unusual band name from a pornographic Japanese animation, brothers and multi-instrumentalists Rich Hanscomb and Mik Hanscomb first began working as Junkboy in 1999. Originally based in the sprawling seaside town of Southend-on-Sea, Essex, the duo began recording for the independent label Enraptured Records the same year with the single ‘Ifyoulivedhereyou’dbehomebynow’ and the EP Kraut_Hop Ya Don’t Stop! They switched to the Moshi Moshi Music imprint for 2002’s full-length The Dynamics Of Modern Communication. Drifting by on a bed of acoustic guitars, jazzy saxophone, layered electronics and discreet vocals, the album’s mixture of gentle pastoral folk pop and post-rock structures certainly sounded pretty but ultimately proved rather inconsequential.
After a hiatus in band activities owing to the dreaded ‘personal differences’, the Hanscombs revived Junkboy in 2005 and returned to the Enraptured stable to record Lost Parade. The follow-up album was an even more muted affair than the debut, albeit beautifully played and realized. After relocating to Brighton, East Sussex, the brothers collaborated with a number of guest musicians on their third album. The post-rock textures were more pronounced on Three, lending the album a degree more urgency than its predecessors.