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Lo-fi pop outfit Home formed in Tampa, Florida in the early '90s around the core of guitarist/vocalist Andrew Deutsch, keyboardist/vocalist Eric Morrison, and bassist/vocalist Brad Truax. After gaining a local following, the group began self-recording a series of eight cassettes — titled I through VIII — available only at a handful of Tampa-area stores and released on Home's own Screw Music Forever label. The tapes eventually earned the group a contract with the indie label Relativity, which issued IX in 1995; following the album's release, however, Relativity switched formats from rock to urban, allowing Home to find a new label. Instead, they found two — while Jet Set expressed an interest in their more pop-oriented material, Emperor Jones latched onto the band's more experimental work. After recording with drummers Bill Bowman and Chuck Stephens, in 1996 Home issued two separate releases, X on Emperor Jones and Elf: Gulf Bore Waltz on Jet Set; a move to New York followed, as did the addition of permanent drummer Chris Sturgeon. Netherregions followed in 1998, and a year later Home returned with XIV.