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Hung and Power grew up in Worcester, and both wrote music while growing up. Hung was influenced by Aphex Twin, while Power was a fan of post-rock band Mogwai. They developed a friendship in 2004 while attending art school in Bristol, and began working together, initially to create the soundtrack to a film made by Hung. Immediately after forming, they played live whenever possible, soon amassing a cult following.
Hung and Power use a variety of instruments including casiotone keyboards and children's toys such as a Fisher-Price karaoke machine. Their name was chosen to sound "playful and abrasive".
Time Out magazine described the band's live sound as "adrenaline pumping, ear purging slab of towering, pristine noise…". The duo signed to All Tomorrow's Parties-affiliated ATP Recordings in 2007, and released a limited-edition 7" single named "Bright Tomorrow", which received complimentary reviews from such sources as Drowned in Sound, Pitchfork Media (who described it as "something like the sun rising over the ocean... then going supernova"), Mojo (it became their #1 Mojo Playlist Single for that month) and Stereogum.