1977, Concord, California, USA. Baltimore-based singer-songwriter and guitarist McCombs signed to the indie Monitor label shortly after the dawn of the twenty-first century. McCombs and his backing band, featuring Trevor Shimizu (bass), Natalie Conn (keyboards), and Tim DeWitt (drums), issued a six-song EP, Not The Way, in 2002. During the same year McCombs appeared on stage with Anomoanon for two shows, which resulted in a widespread, yet false, rumour that he was a one-time member of the band. Shortly after completing sessions for his debut EP, McCombs and his band signed a recording contract with 4AD Records, making their releases easily available to fans in Europe. The band then began work on a debut album. Combining tracks that alternated between bleak (AIDS In Africa, A Comedian Is Someone Who Tells Jokes) and jovial (Gee, Its Good To Be Back Home), the resulting effort, 2003s A, scored a hit with the critics,...
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