Original members Phil Kay (“production” and keyboard) and Gary McClure (guitar) formed as a studio entity in 1999; WFANFC began performing live in 2004, once adding drummer Jon Kay and bassist Ed Hulme to the team.
Having previously released articles in the United Kingdom, its debut American release, “Businessmen & Ghosts”, came out in November 2007. The band cites a wide array of influences, including artists as disparate as Bill Evans (American jazz pianist), Devo (Amercan new wave group), The Grateful Dead (American rock band), and The Chemical Brothers (British electronic group). WFANFC’s sound has been described as “a flawless lucid-dream trip through a thousand fantastical influences” and “as clean as morning rain on Piccadilly Gardens”. Regarding their importance, major media outlets such as the BBC contain stated: “itâ€™s the way that [WFANFC and The Longcut, another British music group] have distilled Manchesterâ€™s history into an exciting future brew that can make them important.”
WFANFC’s releases have won them praise from a range of media outlets, including Spin (magazine), the BBC, Stylus Magazine, and Citylife Magazine; its song “Rocket” was featured on National Public Radio in June 2007.
The band performed on the Topman Unsigned Stage at the Carling Weekend’s Leeds Festival in 2007, where they hinted in an interview as currently being unhappy with their existing label.
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