Alternative rock is a style of rock music that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1980s and became popular in the 1990s. In this instance, the word "alternative" refers to the genre's distinction from mainstream rock music; the term's original meaning was broader, referring to a generation of musicians unified by their collective debt to either the musical style or the independent, DIY ethos of punk rock, which in the late 1970s laid the groundwork for alternative music. At times, "alternative" has been used as a catch-all description for music from underground rock artists that receives mainstream recognition, or for any music, whether rock or not, seen to be descended from punk rock. Alternative rock broadly consists of music that differs in terms of its sound, social context and regional roots. By the end of the 1980s, magazines and zines, college radio airplay, word of mouth had increased the prominence and highlighted the diversity of alternative rock, helping to define a number of distinct styles such as noise pop, indie rock and shoegaze.
Most of these subgenres had achieved minor mainstream notice and a few bands representing them, such as Hüsker Dü and R. E. M. had signed to major labels. But most alternative bands' commercial success was limited in comparison to other genres of rock and pop music at the time, most acts remained signed to independent labels and received little attention from mainstream radio, television, or newspapers. With the breakthrough of Nirvana and the popularity of the grunge and Britpop movements in the 1990s, alternative rock entered the musical mainstream and many alternative bands became successful. In the past, popular music tastes were dictated by music executives within large entertainment corporations. Record companies signed contracts with those entertainers who were thought to become the most popular, therefore who could generate the most sales; these bands were able to record their songs in expensive studios, their works sold through record store chains that were owned by the entertainment corporations.
The record companies worked with radio and television companies to get the most exposure for their artists. The people making the decisions were business people dealing with music as a product, those bands who were not making the expected sales figures were excluded from this system. Before the term alternative rock came into common usage around 1990, the sort of music to which it refers was known by a variety of terms. In 1979, Terry Tolkin used the term Alternative Music to describe the groups. In 1979 Dallas radio station KZEW had a late night new wave show entitled "Rock and Roll Alternative". "College rock" was used in the United States to describe the music during the 1980s due to its links to the college radio circuit and the tastes of college students. In the United Kingdom, dozens of small do it yourself record labels emerged as a result of the punk subculture. According to the founder of one of these labels, Cherry Red, NME and Sounds magazines published charts based on small record stores called "Alternative Charts".
The first national chart based on distribution called the Indie Chart was published in January 1980. At the time, the term indie was used to describe independently distributed records. By 1985, indie' had come to mean a particular genre, or group of subgenres, rather than distribution status; the use of the term alternative to describe rock music originated around the mid-1980s. Individuals who worked as DJs and promoters during the 1980s claim the term originates from American FM radio of the 1970s, which served as a progressive alternative to top 40 radio formats by featuring longer songs and giving DJs more freedom in song selection. According to one former DJ and promoter, "Somehow this term'alternative' got rediscovered and heisted by college radio people during the 80s who applied it to new post-punk, indie, or underground-whatever music". At first the term referred to intentionally non–mainstream rock acts that were not influenced by "heavy metal ballads, rarefied new wave" and "high-energy dance anthems".
Usage of the term would broaden to include new wave, punk rock, post-punk, "college"/"indie" rock, all found on the American "commercial alternative" radio stations of the time such as Los Angeles' KROQ-FM. Journalist Jim Gerr wrote that Alternative encompassed variants such as "rap, trash and industrial". In December 1991, Spin magazine noted: "this year, for the first time, it became resoundingly clear that what has been considered alternative rock – a college-centered marketing group with lucrative, if limited, potential- has in fact moved into the mainstream"; the bill of the first Lollapalooza, an itinerant festival in North America conceived by Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, reunited "disparate elements of the alternative rock community" including Henry Rollins, Butthole Surfers, Ice-T, Nine Inch Nails and the Banshees and Jane's Addiction. That same year, Farrell coined the term Alternative Nation. In the late 1990s, the definition again became more specific. In 1997, Neil Strauss of The New York Times defined alternative rock as "hard-edged rock distinguished by brittle,'70s-inspired guitar riffing and singers agonizing over their problems until they take on epic proportions".
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Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an annual music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, located in the Inland Empire's Coachella Valley in the Colorado Desert. It was co-founded by Paul Tollett and Rick Van Santen in 1999, is organized by Goldenvoice, a subsidiary of AEG Live; the event features musical artists from many genres of music, including rock, indie, hip hop, electronic dance music, as well as art installations and sculptures. Across the grounds, several stages continuously host live music; the main stages are the: Coachella Stage, Outdoor Theatre, Gobi Tent, Mojave Tent, Sahara Tent. The festival's origins trace back to a 1993 concert that Pearl Jam performed at the Empire Polo Club while boycotting venues controlled by Ticketmaster; the show validated the site's viability for hosting large events, leading to the inaugural Coachella Festival being held over the course of two days in October 1999—just three months after Woodstock'99. After no event was held in 2000, Coachella returned on an annual basis beginning in April 2001, as a single-day event.
In 2002, the festival reverted to a two-day format. Coachella was expanded to a third day in 2007 and a second weekend in 2012. Organizers began permitting spectators to camp on the grounds in 2003, one of several expansions and additions of amenities that have been made in the festival's history. Coachella showcases popular and established musical artists, as well as emerging artists and reunited groups. Coachella is one of the largest, most famous, most profitable music festivals in the United States and all over the world; each Coachella staged from 2013 to 2015 set new records for gross revenues. The 2017 festival was grossed $114.6 million. The success of Coachella led to Goldenvoice establishing two additional music festivals at the site, the classic rock-oriented Desert Trip in 2016, the annual Stagecoach country music festival in 2007. On November 5, 1993, Pearl Jam performed for 25,000 fans at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California; the site was selected because the band refused to play in Los Angeles as a result of a dispute with Ticketmaster over service charges applied to ticket purchases.
The show established the polo club's suitability for large-scale events. Around 1997, Goldenvoice was struggling to book concerts against larger companies, they were unable to offer guarantees as high as their competitors, such as SFX Entertainment. Tollett said, "We were getting our ass kicked financially. We were losing a lot of bands, and we couldn't compete with the money." As a result, the idea of a music festival was conceived, Tollett began to brainstorm ideas for one with multiple venues. His intent was to book trendy artists who were not chart successes: "Maybe if you put a bunch of them together, that might be a magnet for a lot of people." While attending the 1997 Glastonbury Festival, Tollett handed out pamphlets to artists and talent managers that featured pictures of the Empire Polo Club and pitched a possible festival there. In contrast to the muddy conditions at Glastonbury caused by rain, he recalled, "We had this pamphlet... showing sunny Coachella. Everyone was laughing."After scouting several sites for their festival and Goldenvoice co-president Rick Van Santen returned to the Empire Polo Club during the Big Gig festival in 1998.
Impressed by the location's suitability for a festival, they decided to book their event there. The promoters had hoped to stage the inaugural Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 1998 but were not able to until the following year. Coachella's announcement and ticket sales came just one week after the conclusion of Woodstock'99, a festival in July 1999, marred by looting, arson and rapes. Goldenvoice's insurance costs increased 40% as a result and the company faced uncertainty regarding Coachella's tickets. Organizers were aiming to provide a "high-comfort festival experience" for Coachella but rededicated themselves to those efforts after Woodstock'99. Advertisements boasted free water fountains, ample restrooms, misting tents. Retrospectively, Tollett called the decision to announce a new festival just two months prior to staging it "financial suicide". On October 9–10, 1999, the inaugural Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was held. Headlining the event were Beck, the Chemical Brothers, Tool and Rage Against the Machine.
Promoters had hoped to make the event three days and considered the UK band Massive Attack as the third-day headliner. The organizers strived to recreate European music festivals with small crowds in a great setting with plenty of turntables. By booking acts based on artistry rather than radio popularity, Coachella earned the title of "the anti-Woodstock". Tickets sold for $50 for each day. Attendees were offered a free bottle of water upon entrance; the event went smoothly, with the well-behaved crowd starkly contrasting with the violence that plagued Woodstock'99.
Augustines were an American indie rock band based in Brooklyn, New York consisting of guitarist William McCarthy, multi-instrumentalist Eric Sanderson and drummer Rob Allen. Augustines were known for heavy interaction with the audience. Numerous shows saw. Following the break-up of their former band Pela, McCarthy and Sanderson decided to continue producing the songs that were supposed to comprise Pela's second studio album; the album, titled Rise Ye Sunken Ships, was released digitally on June 6, 2011. In September 2016 they announced that their fall tour was to be their last, following the break up of the band; the band derived its name from the month of August. Both McCarthy and Sanderson were born in August, as was James. James' story is one of the major influences behind their first album. Pela dissolved quickly in August 2009; the new band was named Augustines. Since there were other bands with the same name, they changed. In August 2013, the band announced via YouTube. Material for Augustines' debut album originated when, with Pela, McCarthy wrote dozens of songs and Sanderson contributed many demos of his own.
The band had close to 40 songs to pick from. Though the album was nearly complete, they were unhappy with the results and wanted to re-record the material. "We had to do it twice because it just wasn’t strong," Sanderson said. Throughout the recording process, the band fought with its record label, its manager and amongst themselves. Soon after, McCarthy learned. With all the issues surrounding the band, "Pela was unable to survive the storm," Sanderson said. After deciding to part ways with the other two members of Pela, McCarthy and Sanderson decided to finish the album. Having been through a terrible experience with the music labels and industry, "We knew that we wanted to proceed independently, but taking that on was a whole other challenge." With support from the indie music community John Richards of KEXP, they were able to finish the record. The album was produced by David Newfeld, best known for his work with Broken Social Scene, their first performance of the new material, still under the original name Augustines, was for Richards and KEXP at the Cutting Room Studios on October 18, 2010.
They released Rise Ye Sunken Ships independently on June 2011 as a digital-only copy on iTunes. Prior to the release of their first album, the band announced that Rob Allen had joined the band as the full-time drummer. Rise Ye Sunken Ships was released in CD format in North America and New Zealand on August 23, 2011; the album was released worldwide on March 5, 2012. The band began a UK tour in support of the album in October 2011; the album has been received positively by critics with The Sun and Music Fix naming the first single released in the UK, "Book of James", their single of the week. The album covers a lot of difficult subjects, the most prominent of these subjects are the untimely deaths of McCarthy's mother and brother. Rob Allen, the band's drummer, states that while there is a heavy focus on the painful subjects throughout the album the band has a deep sense of positivity and hope. "The songs are about topics. They have a lot of meaning to us Bill and that won't change, but, if anything, we are living proof that things can get better, opportunities can come your way and, worth celebrating!
We are jovial, energetic people who want to enjoy life and I think that's what you see when we perform." The band traveled extensively in the British Isles and Europe in support of the album, performing at festivals such as Pukkelpop, Reading & Leeds and large venues such as Shepherd's Bush. In 2014, the band toured the U. S. supporting Frightened Rabbit. In June 2011, the music video for "Chapel Song" won the title of best music video at the Los Angeles Art-House film festival. In March 2012 the band recorded a session at Abbey Road Studios The band released the video for the third single to be taken from Rise Ye Sunken Ships, "Juarez", on April 11, 2012. In late 2013, the band spent several weeks in the studio of producer Peter Katis working on their self-titled second album, Augustines. Upon completion of the album the band embarked on their first headlining U. S. tour, selling out most shows well in advance. Augustines returned to the UK in early April, spent a great deal of the summer doing European festivals.
After further US dates in the autumn, they returned to Europe. The band finished the year with a triumphant gig in front of 3000 at the London Roundhouse; this was filmed for use in a documentary about the band called Rise. In August 2015, the band began work on their third album. Augustines released their third album, This Is Your Life on June 10, it was announced on September 6 that their upcoming shows in the year would be their last due to financial constraints. Augustines played their final show on October 2016 at the O2 Academy in Liverpool, they ended from their second album. The entire show was broadcast via Facebook Live. In 2017, McCarthy released Shelter. Produced by Sanderson, the album featured input from Allen, Pela drummer Tomislav Zovich, Augustines regular Yannis Panos. Sanderson released his own solo project in 2017, Audio Journal Vol. 1: Bringing the Past to Light. McCarthy is planning to release his second s
Sasquatch! Music Festival
Sasquatch! Music Festival was an annual music festival held at The Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington, it took place on Memorial Day weekend. Sasquatch! Typically featured a range of musical genres, with the emphasis being on indie rock bands and singer-songwriters, but including alternative rock, hip hop, EDM, comedy acts; as of 2012 the festival featured five stages: Sasquatch! Main Stage, Bigfoot Stage, Banana Shack, Yeti Stage, Uranus Stage. Most attendees of the festival camped in designated campsite fields nearby, as the venue is remote and there are no large urban areas nearby. Sasquatch! was voted as one of the "Top 10 Summer Music Festivals in the US" by ConcertBoom. The Sasquatch! Music Festival was founded in 2002 by Pacific Northwest-based concert promoter Adam Zacks at House of Blues. Prior to the inception of the festival, Zacks booked and managed shows at the Roseland Theater in Portland, Oregon. After moving to Seattle to be closer to friends and family, Zacks began considering the creation of a music festival in the Pacific Northwest.
In an interview with Seattle Weekly in September 2007, Zacks described the birth of Sasquatch!: Sasquatch was an idea born on a hunch that there was untapped demand for a certain kind of festival that catered to the eclectic tastes of music enthusiasts. It started in 2002, shortly after a number of the touring festivals had petered out and the beginning of the wave of regional festivals that started with Coachella and now is a dominant force on the music landscape, with Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, etc. In 2014, Adam Zacks decided to expand the festival to two weekends due to the high demand for tickets in 2013. On March 21, 2014 the Independence Day Weekend of Sasquatch was cancelled. Jeff Trisler, President of Live Nation, released the following statement upon the announcement: "The Sasquatch! Community has spoken, they continue to support the traditional Memorial Day Weekend event with great enthusiasm," Jeff Trisler, president of Live Nation Seattle, said in a statement. "Unfortunately, the second weekend was not embraced.
We felt it was better to cancel the new event now and give everyone time to make alternative plans for the Fourth of July weekend. Going forward, Sasquatch! Music Festival will be at the Gorge Amphitheatre on the weekend the fans want: Memorial Day Weekend only." On June 28, 2018, Zacks announced that Sasquatch! Music Festival would cease operation indefinitely and would not be returning in 2019; the lineup for the 2011 Sasquatch! Music Festival was announced on 6 February 2011; the lineup for the 2010 Sasquatch! Music Festival was announced on 15 February 2010. Headliners for the event included My Morning Jacket, Massive Attack, Ween; the event took place on Memorial Day weekend, 29–31 May 2010. The comedy lineup included Rob Riggle, Bobcat Goldthwait, Luke Burbank, Mike Birbiglia, Patton Oswalt and Craig Robinson; the lineup for the 2009 Sasquatch! Music Festival was announced on 17 February 2009. Headliners for the event included Jane's Addiction, Kings of Leon, Ben Harper & Relentless7; the event took place on Memorial Day weekend, 23–25 May 2009.
The comedy lineup included Zach Galifianakis and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, Todd Barry, H. Jon Benjamin, God's Pottery, People's Republic of Komedy, The Whitest Kids U Know, The Red Wine Boys, Maria Bamford; the lineup for the 2008 Sasquatch! Music Festival was announced on 25 February 2008. Headliners for the event included R. E. M; the Cure, The Flaming Lips. The event took place on Memorial Day weekend, 24–26 May 2008. Hosted by Rainn Wilson; the 2008 festival features the first Sasquatch! comedy tent. The Flaming Lips' long-awaited film Christmas on Mars premiered on Sunday, May 25 at the festival; the 2007 Sasquatch! Music Festival was hosted by Sarah Silverman, Michael Showalter, Aziz Ansari. M. I. A. was cancelled due to visa complications. The 2006 Sasquatch! Music Festival marked the first time; the event began on Friday, May 26 and lasted until Sunday, May 28. The second day was marked by an afternoon hailstorm, which forced Neko Case and her band off stage and threatened to shut down the show entirely.
The storm subsided and the festival was able to continue as scheduled. The 2005 Sasquatch! Music Festival took place on Saturday, May 28; the 2004 Sasquatch! Music Festival took place on Saturday, May 29; the event was hosted by David Cross. Hosted by El Vez. Dave Matthews Band Nine times Neko Case - 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2018 Six times Ben Gibbard - 2003, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2004, 2013 Modest Mouse - 2003, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2015, 2018 Five Times The Decemberists - 2004, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2015 Four Times Death Cab for Cutie - 2003, 2006, 2008, 2011 The Flaming Lips - 2003, 2006, 2008, 2011 The Shins - 2004, 2006, 2012, 2017 The National - 2008, 2010, 2014, 2018 Tune-Yards - 2010, 2012, 2014, 2018 David Bazan - 2003, 2018, 2006, 2008 Phantogram - 2010, 2014, 2016, 2017 Blitzen Trapper - 2007, 2009, 2012, 2017 Three times Cold War Kids - 2008, 2011, 2014 Blue Scholars - 2005, 2006, 2008 Visqueen - 2004, 2005, 2007 Ben Harper - 2002, 2006, 2009 Fleet Foxes- Twice in 2008, 2009 Minus the Bear - 2003, 2007, 2010 Grizzly Bear - 2007, 2009, 2018 Major Lazer - 2011, 2014, 2016 The Long Winters - 2004, 2007, 2010 Sam Roberts - 2003
Manchester Cathedral, formally the Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Mary, St Denys and St George, in Manchester, England, is the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Manchester, seat of the Bishop of Manchester and the city's parish church. It is on Victoria Street in Manchester city centre; the main body of the cathedral is in the Perpendicular Gothic style. James Stanley was responsible for commissioning the late-medieval wooden furnishings, including the pulpitum, choir stalls and the nave roof supported by angels with gilded instruments; the medieval church was extensively refaced and extended in the Victorian period, again following bomb damage in the 20th century. The cathedral is one of fifteen Grade I listed buildings in Manchester; the origins of Manchester's first churches are obscure. The Angel Stone, a small carving of an angel with a scroll is preserved in the cathedral, it was discovered in the wall of the cathedral's south porch providing evidence of an earlier Saxon, church.
It has been dated to around 700 AD, however the Corpus of Anglo-Saxon sculpture dates the sculpture to the twelfth century. Its Latin inscription translates as "into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit"; the first church sited on or near the site of St Ann's Church, was destroyed by Danish invaders in 923 and a church dedicated to St Mary, built by King Edward the Elder where St Mary's Gate joins Exchange Street, was mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086. The Domesday Book entry for Manchester reads "the Church of St Mary and the Church of St Michael hold one carucate of land in Manchester exempt from all customary dues except tax". Construction of the predecessor parish church between the Rivers Irk and Irwell and an ancient watercourse crossed by the Hanging Bridge started in 1215 within the confines of the Baron's Court beside the manor house on the site of Manchester Castle; the lords of the manor were the Grelleys. The Grelleys acted as stewards and endowing the first chancery, the St Nicholas Chancery.
In 1311, the Grelley estate passed by marriage to the de la Warres. In 1349 the St Nicholas Chancery was endowed by the de Traffords. In 1382 Thomas de la Warre, became its rector; the church had a six-bay aisled nave and six-bay chancel with aisles and a west tower in the perpendicular style of the late-medieval period. Thomas de la Warre became Baron de la Warre in 1398. A priest for more than 50 years, he was granted a licence from King Henry V and Pope Martin V to establish a collegiate church in Manchester in 1421; the college was established by royal charter, with a warden, eight fellows, four singing clerks and eight choristers. The parish church was dedicated to St Mary and to that dedication were added St George, the patron saint of England, St Denys, the patron saint of France reflecting de la Warre's French heritage, or Henry V's claim to the French throne; the college of priests was housed in new buildings on the site of the former manor house that survive as Chetham's Library paid for by de la Warre.
He appointed John Huntingdon as the college's first warden who, between 1422 and 1458, rebuilt the eastern arm of the parish church to provide the collegiate choir. Huntington is commemorated in a rebus, carvings of a man hunting and a man with a tun, on either side of the arch accessing the Lady Chapel; the church's 14th-century west tower and Lady Chapel were incorporated into the current structure although little or no fabric of that date is still visible. Traditionally the third warden, Ralph Langley, is credited with rebuilding the nave but the nave and choir were reconstructed again by James Stanley a few years when he raised the clerestory and provided the richly decorated timber roofs and choir stalls, his stepmother, Lady Margaret Beaufort was mother of Henry VII and through their alliance with the Tudor dynasty the Stanleys acquired fabulous wealth and access to architects and craftsmen working on royal commissions. On stylistic grounds, the arcades and clerestory of the cathedral are attributed to John Wastell, the architect for the completion of Kings College Chapel.
The choir stalls, carved at the workshop of William Brownflet of Ripon, are the finest of a series which includes the surviving stalls at Ripon Cathedral, Beverley Minster and Bridlington Priory. The carving of the misericord seats is exceptionally fine. James Stanley was responsible for the embellishment of the nave roof with supports in the form of fourteen life-size angel minstrels, each playing a different late-medieval instrument. In the early 16th century an complete sequence of chantry chapels was constructed along the north and south sides of the church creating a double aisle around the parochial nave, much wider than it is long. Manchester is claimed to have the widest nave of any cathedral in England. On the south side, the oldest of the chantry chapels, the St Nicholas Chapel, was rebuilt by the de Traffords in 1470. St George's Chapel was endowed by William Galley in 1503 and Richard Beswick endowed the Jesus Chapel in 1506. On the north side, William Radcliffe of Ordsall Hall endowed the Holy Trinity Chapel in the northwest corner in 1498.
Huntington left money and land for the St James' Chapel, built in 1507. The largest of the chantries, the St John the Baptist Chapel, was begun by James Stanley the Bishop of Ely in 1513. A chapel to commemorate James Stanley, the Ely Chapel, has been demolished; the college was dissolved in 1547 in the reign of Edward VI by the Chantries Act, but refounded by his sister Mary. Its future was un
Frightened Rabbit are a Scottish indie rock band from Selkirk, formed in 2003. A solo project for vocalist and guitarist Scott Hutchison, the line-up consists of Grant Hutchison, Billy Kennedy, Andy Monaghan, Simon Liddell. From 2004 the band were based in Glasgow. Frightened Rabbit's first studio album, Sing the Greys, was recorded as a duo by the Hutchison brothers, released on independent label Hits the Fan in 2006; the band subsequently signed to Fat Cat Records, in 2007, became a three-piece with the addition of guitarist Billy Kennedy for its second studio album, The Midnight Organ Fight. The album was released to positive reviews and extensive touring, with guitarist and keyboardist Andy Monaghan joining the band to flesh-out its live performances; the band's third studio album, The Winter of Mixed Drinks, was released in 2010, with former Make Model guitarist Gordon Skene joining the band for its accompanying tour. Frightened Rabbit signed to Atlantic Records that year, issued two EPs, A Frightened Rabbit EP and State Hospital, before the release of its fourth studio album, Pedestrian Verse in 2013.
A critical and commercial success in the UK, the album peaked at number nine on the UK Albums Chart, with additional guitarist Simon Liddell joining the band on its subsequent tour. Disillusioned from touring, Hutchison and Liddell recorded a studio album without the band, entitled Owl John. Gordon Skene departed from the band in early 2014, the band recorded Painting of a Panic Attack the following year with producer Aaron Dessner, in New York, with Liddell joining the band as a full contributing member. Scott Hutchison died in May 2018 after going missing. In December 2018, the remaining members of the band played together for the first time since Hutchison's death, at a charity gig in Glasgow. In 2003, vocalist and guitarist Scott Hutchison used the name Frightened Rabbit, which came from a name his mother gave him in his youth due to his chronic shyness, as a stage moniker for his solo shows; the project became a full-fledged band with the addition of his brother Grant Hutchison on drums in 2004, guitarist Billy Kennedy in 2006.
During early shows, the band would give out their email address for those interested in receiving a free demo. After a time during which few demos were sent out, Scott said that he would send out biscuits with the music, which led to a rise in requests for the demo; this led to a lasting impression with the recipients. I'd send them to the U. S. and stuff, they'd turn up as bags of crumbs, but I think it's still something that people will remember. I don't know, I suppose it was just one of those little things that people will remember, rather than making it disposable and forgettable; the band released their debut album Sing the Greys in May 2006 on Hits The Fan. The band was offered a deal from Fiction Records but the label withdrew their offer. In January 2007, The Self-Starter Foundation brought the band to the East Coast of the United States for a short tour; the band returned to the United States in March to play SXSW. Brighton indie label Fat Cat Records released a remixed/remastered version of the album in the USA in October 2007, distributed by Caroline Distribution.
The band embarked on a full American tour. The album was released in the UK in November 2007. Earlier in 2007, the band had recorded a new album, The Midnight Organ Fight at producer Peter Katis's Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, Connecticut; this album was released 15 April 2008. It was critically acclaimed, receiving an 8.1 rating on music website Pitchfork.com After recording The Midnight Organ Fight, the current quartet line-up was completed with the addition of guitarist/keyboardist Andy Monaghan of Piano Bar Fight. In an interview, Scott mentions that he "met him in Glasgow, in a bar. I was hammered and I was like'why don't you come and play some shows with us man?' and he was like'Yeah!'. The next day, I got a text like'Do you remember… did you say something about this or is it my imagination?'". The band supported Death Cab for Cutie during their November 2008 UK & Irish tour, released a live album, Quietly Now! in October. Whilst touring in support of The Midnight Organ Fight, Scott Hutchison noted that he was "excited at the prospect of being in the studio again," and that stated that he "can't do another break-up album'cause I haven't had one this year!
Maybe it'll just be a little less focused on me". Hutchison subsequently announced plans to head to Crail, Fife to write material for the band's third studio album: The theme I'm going for is pushing yourself out to the edge of things and being alone, feeling lost and not knowing where you are, how I've felt recently. It's not all fun and games, but it'll just be less personal and brutal than the last record. Less oppressive. In May 2009, a video appeared online of Hutchison performing a new track, entitled "Swim Until You Can't See Land"; the song was revealed as the first single from the forthcoming third album. In October 2009, the band members unveiled the album's title, The Winter of Mixed Drinks, announced the arrival of a fifth band member, Gordon Skene. According to Scott Hutchison: A lot of the new record is layered and it felt like too much for the four of us to do. We need another member to get them at their full impact. I dunno, we're kind of bored of each other. We just need to add some fresh meat.
The Winter of Mixed Drinks was released in March 2010. The band made their US television debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on 25 May 2010, performing "No