Lead singer/guitarist Jason Hill, guitarist Brian Karscig, and drummer Mark Maigaard formed the group in April 2003 while living in Paris, France. Bassist James Armbrust soon joined after.
Louis XIV, the band's first album, was released in November 2003. It was recorded in a basement in the Spanish district in Paris, France in the spring of 2003. Recorded on a 16-track tape machine, it was released independently through Pineapple Recording Group, a label started by Hill and Karscig. Although the record was only sold at shows, on the band's website, and in some independent record stores, it sold over 22,000 copies in the first six months. First embraced in the UK in 2004, doing the famous Jonathon Ross show television show one week after Oasis and the Mary Hobbs show on BBC Radio 1. They were embraced by Distillers frontwoman Brody Dalle and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme at the 2004 NME Awards.
Illegal Tender EP and The Best Little Secrets Are Kept: (2005-2007)
The 'Scotland News of the World billed Louis XIV as the best band of the T in the Park festival. The music video for the instrumental song "The Hunt" was filmed by Hill. The New York-based group Stolen Transmission, run by former Spin magazine writer Sarah Lewitinn, released a three-song handmade CD featuring the songs "Hey... Read More