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Tucson, Arizona, USA-based multi-instrumentalists John Convertino (New York, USA) and Joey Burns (b. Montreal, Canada) spent most of the late 80s and 90s working as a rhythm section for hire, playing with artists such as Barbara Manning, Victoria Williams, Lisa Germano, and Richard Buckner. Their most regular employment, however, was with Howe Gelbs desert rock outfit Giant Sand and its eclectic spin-off OP8. In the early 90s, the duo formed the instrumental band Friends Of Dean Martinez, a low-key cover versions project which nevertheless gained a short-term recording contract with Sub Pop Records. Suitably inspired, Burns and Convertino set about writing new material and, more pertinently, began to take an interest in buying and mastering a wide array of instruments. They recorded the Superstition Highway tape with drummer/DJ Tasha Bundy, but their first official album was the predominantly acoustic Spoke which was released, initially in Europe only, in...