Bristol, England-based band formed in 1997 by Rupert Browne (vocals), Ed East (guitar), Steve Bond (drums), Boris Exton (keyboards) and Trevor Wensley (keyboards). Setting up base in a house in the cityâ€™s Bedminster district, the quintet began a prolific period of composing and recording material that reflected the membersâ€™ diverse musical interests. Chikinkiâ€™s experimental mixture of indie pop and electronica was heard to immediate effect on the Telephone Heroes EP, released independently in summer 2000. The local Sink And Stove label then released the quintetâ€™s Experiment With Mother, in 2001. The praise for this album in the UK music press prompted the interest of several major labels, with Island Records eventually picking up the band the following year. The double a-side â€˜Timeâ€™/â€˜Scissors, Paper, Stoneâ€™ appeared on the independent Fierce Panda label in March 2003 prior to the band making their debut for Island with the menacing single â€˜Hate TVâ€™. Despite the presence of â€˜Hate TVâ€™ and two further excellent singles, â€˜Assassinator 13â€™ and â€˜Take It Or Leave Itâ€™, the attendant Lick Your Ticket was viewed as something of a disappointment when it was released.Portions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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