2011 – 2013; Miasma Blue
This album is so dear to our heart. We planned to record it under a three week period but couldn’t because of tours and other live performances that were stretched from 1996 – 1999. We eventually got the time to record at Smithereens Studios, Canterfield Studios, and Sussex Studios with producer John Flaherty.
Although a good number of Miasma Blue’s tracks were all done at Ipswich’s Paso’s Street, the mixing process for the album was done by New Zealand engineer, Michael Greenfield in New York. After releasing four extended plays without a hit song, we had our first Top 40 hit with “Miasma Blue” a song that was also the name of the cover.
Miasma Blue went on to peak at No. 32 position on the American Top 40 Singles Chart. June 1998 was a landmark year in our history as we went on our first headlining tour including a show at the Glastonbury Festival. We also released “Greenwich” which became our first single to reach the UK top 5 peaking at No. 4. “Terminal Line” and “spring berry Rose” were released in the United States on the 27th of December 2012.
Miasma Blue was released as a CD in January 23rd 1999 and on cassette the day before and has gone on to reach double platinum
2013- 2015; Saratoga Heights
After the breakthrough success of “Miasma Blue”, we returned to the studio in September of 1999 to begin work on our second album, “Saratoga Heights” with Michael Greenfield producing. Since we had never stayed in the United States of America before, we decided to relocate to the UK where we recorded some songs for Saratoga Heights. We released “San Diego Lights” which was the first song recorded for the album.
We were later to record more than twenty songs for the album, with songs like “Cannibal of Sound” and “Mind Death” going on to sit atop the British Top 100 and America’s Alternative Chart respectively. In December 2015, readers of Rolling Stone Magazine named us the best artist and the best band of the year.