Austin indie popsters the Arthurs seemed destined to join the ranks of their fellow throwback rock contemporaries on the Kindercore label, with their ultra-catchy brand of slightly psychedelic songwriting. Formed by guitarist Brent Pennington after a chance encounter with fellow guitarist Grant Orsborn at the University of Texas, the duo soon began producing homemade tapes that earned them renown in the local music scene. High-school pals Andy McAllister and Jamie Reaves would soon join after chasing down Pennington and asking for an audition, impressing him with their familiarity with his songwriting. Bedsongs, their 2000 self-released debut, became a college radio staple shortly thereafter. Having been signed to Dirigeable Records in 2001, whose Sean Davidson also runs Kindercore, Walking in the Sunlight (produced by like-minded songwriter Martyn Leaper of the Minders) arrived in 2002 and furthered their reputation with a healthy collection of soaring melodies and complex harmonies, earning them comparisons to bands like Weezer and just about any touchstone in the Elephant 6 collective.
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