Peter Hayes and Robert Levon Been were fast friends at their San Francisco high school. Meeting in 1995, they shared a love of the Jesus and Mary Chain, Ride, and the Stone Roses, among other UK bands from the late 80's and early 90's. Playing music together was fun for them, but apparently not enough to call themselves a real band, and the two could only keep in touch and show up at each other's gigs from time to time. Most notably, Hayes was a guitarist for the Brian Jonestown Massacre for a while, and he appeared in the documentary of that band, Dig!
By 1998, it seemed that there was no use ignoring their synergy or delaying things any further, and Hayes and Been became an official band, adding a drummer... Read More