London, England. Singer-songwriter Hewerdine is a proud resident of Cambridge, England, where he moved with his parents aged 12 and which he likes because nothing ever happens here. You can get on with things. However, at age 18 he returned to London to live in his late grandmothers house in Edgware, London, which set about a downward personal spiral. He suffered from agoraphobia and was (unjustly) accused of theft and fired from his job at a record shop. However, he found a friend with similar experiences and together they began to explore music as an outlet for their traumas. He returned to Cambridge to form Placebo Thing, then the marginally more successful the Great Divide. The latter released two singles for Enigma Records after being recommended to the label by Mike Scott of the Waterboys. These attracted a fair degree of attention within the UKs minor press, but more mainstream media support was not forthcoming.