Guitarist Matthew Schwandt and bassist Jeff Zuehlke were two likeminded players who found themselves in the same Minneapolis bands throughout the mid-'90s. Schwandt moved to Nashville in 1997, meeting up with guitarist Micah Horton almost immediately. The two became fast songwriting buddies, eventually putting together enough material to warrant live performances. So the two musicians drafted in Zuehlke, drummer Matt Fisher, and singer Tom Hockensmith, and in 2000 the fivesome decided to call the band Lume. The group decided on a dynamic, passionate alternative rock sound, and started putting together its first EP, entitled Extended Play; the bandmembers recorded in Nashville and released it themselves in the summer of 2002. The record did well on the CMJ charts and led them to a partnership with Wilco and Sixpence None the Richer engineering/production team Russ Long and Chris Grainger, with whom they recorded new material in 2003. ~ James Christopher Monger

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