The Buddyrevelles were formed in 1997 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin by Aaron Grant (guitar & vocals), Scott Hoch (bass & vocals), and Dan Reinholdt (drums). In 1998, the band recorded and released their first album, September, November on Motorcoat Records and subsequently relocated to Chicago. The album’s melodic layered guitars, vulnerable vocals, taut over-driven bass, and propulsive drumming introduced the band’s distinct but accessible pop sound to the public. Their second album, American Matador was released in 2000. Through it, the band showed a willingness to experiment with increasingly complex song structures and inspired instrumental breaks while managing to keep their sound firmly rooted in the indie-rock idiom. American Matador received an 8.0 from Pitchfork.