L.A.’s astroPuppees started as the cellar project of vocalist/songwriter/guitarist Kelley Ryan. Playing the music she composed and documented downstairs resulted in collaborations with her close friends, including songwriter Steve Toland. The duo composed “IT ISN’T Christmas,” that they delivered to the Sneakers; the song finished up on a Xmas compilation from Dark Vinyl Information, the group’s label. Ryan returned to the cellar and recorded even more music with her close friends, including bassist/vocalist Maureen Serrao and drummer Dan McCarroll. After Serrao visited culinary college and McCarroll continued tour using a music group, the astroPuppees had been put on keep for a while. Ryan visited Ireland and in addition studied cooking food, while still composing music and playing electric guitar in Irish pubs. On her behalf return, Ryan fulfilled with another of her close friends, singer/songwriter/manufacturer Don Dixon; he blended a few of her brand-new music. Serrao rejoined the music group and Ryan delivered tapes from the mixes off for some of her close friends; a copy from the tape produced its method to Hightone Information, who provided the astroPuppees a offer. In 1996, they released the group’s debut record, You Gain the Bride-to-be, while 1999 noticed the discharge of Family pet, which featured visitor shows by Marshall Crenshaw and Don Dixon. Released in 2002, Small Chick Tsunami proclaimed the band’s initial record for Manatee, Kelley Ryan’s personal imprint. Sugar Defeat found a far more mature, streamlined group of tunes from astroPuppees upon its 2005 launch date.