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These four sensitive gentlemen of instrumental rock describe their band as a close but dysfunctional family who have been financially unstable. Austin, Texas has been their home base for several...

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These four sensitive gentlemen of instrumental rock describe their band as a close but dysfunctional family who have been financially unstable. Austin, Texas has been their home base for several years, allowing them to become allies with bands such as the very beautiful American Analog Set, the completely awe inspiring Lift To Experience, and the sonically destructive And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead. All three guitar players grew up in the "boring town" of Midland, Texas (hometown of former Governor, George W. Bush). These creative men have been friends since 1993, and moved to the state's capitol at different times (96', 97', 98'). Michael is a skilled guitarist who studied music in high school and played in several other rock bands. Mark has a degree in English from the University of Texas. Munaf is the youngest member (six years younger than Chris), but you cannot tell his age from the exotic sounds coming from his amps. Chris (the eldest band member) grew up in Rockford, IL. This powerful drummer moved to Austin in early 1999 (to attend college) with his friend Kurt Volk. Both men are indie film makers, who made an interesting documentary about the premier of Star Wars - Episode I. Chris put up a flyer in a local record store (adorned with eagles, suns, mountains and dogs) that read "wanted: sad, triumphant, rock band". One of the guitar players observed the flyer, and that sparked the birth of the band. The entire band met for the first time at a popular Austin restaurant called Milto's Pizza Pub. Their first jam session was in April of 1999, and things immediately felt right. After playing on the 4th of July, the sight of fireworks in the night sky inspired them to name the band. During June of 2001, the last copies of their first album "how strange, innocence" were sold on the last leg of their tour (in Chicago). Their second album "those who tell the truth shall die, those who tell the truth shall live forever" was released that same year on August 27th. The band traveled to Europe for the first time in December of 2001. They went to Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and played a small festival at the VPRO radio station, as well as recorded a completely different set and interview. The guys expressed that they had a very good time with the exception of the traveling incidents. On the way there, two of the guys did not have their passports until the last second. On the way back, the jerks at the Minneapolis Airport confiscated their flea market pool sticks, and they were under suspicion for being terrorists (because of something written on one of the guitars). September of 2002 marked the beginning of their first full-length tour of Europe. One of the highlights of the tour would be the session they recorded in London with the late rock icon John Peel. The band would have another milestone in November of that same year when they performed two dates in Taiwan (their first time in Asia). Since then the band performed in Japan, recorded one of the very last sessions with John Peel, toured almost everywhere in Europe and North America, released the LP version of their first album, contributed a song to their record label's anniversary compilation, and scored the soundtrack to a major Hollywood film (Friday Night Lights)!