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Originally formed in Kilmarnock, Scotland by Ross Leighton (vocals and guitar) and Greg Walkinshaw (drums) in a physics class at school and initially called Energy! the group were rounded out by bassist Marc Strain before renaming themselves Fatherson. In 2010, the band released their debut EP, Where the Water Meets the Land -- under the name Energy! -- and after building a steady reputation with their live shows they were handpicked by fellow Scottish indie outfit Idlewild to support them on their 100 Broken Windows anniversary tour. Following their change of name in 2010, the group put out their follow-up release, a self-titled EP in 2011, and went on to support the likes of Panic! At the Disco, Frightened Rabbit, and Admiral Fallow. Their third single, "First Born," was released in 2012 and was followed by "Mine for Me" the following year. The band headed into the studio in 2013 to set about recording their debut album, and that year also saw them recruit additional guitarist Chris Beltran for their lineup. The album, I Am an Island -- for which they drew influences from the rich heritage of Scottish alternative music -- was released early in 2014. The success of their debut encouraged them to return to the studio in 2015. Their sophomore record, Open Book, showcased a more mature sound than their debut, despite being released only two years later in early 2016. ~ Rich Wilson
2010 in Kilmarnock, Scotland