Ambitious indie rockers Autobody shaped in Brooklyn in 1995, taking their cue in the warped, lo-fi artiness of bands like Pavement and Pondering Fellers Union Regional 282, aswell as rock avant-gardists from Captain Beefheart towards the Residents to Sonic Youth. Creator Nicolas Chaikin initial recruited multi-instrumentalists Jim Abramson (electric guitar, bass, vocals) and David Abel (bass, electric guitar, trombone, tapes, vocals), but departed quickly to go to France along with his partner. Autobody continued with two even more associates, Sheila McCarthy (drums, tapes, vocals, keyboards) and Eric Marc Cohen (drums, vocals, trumpet, tapes). All members were energetic in other rings: Abramson and Abel performed together in Take a flight Ashtray as well as the Wharton Tiers Outfit, while Abramson also drummed for Dymaxion. McCarthy was a veteran of Cattle Prod, and would continue to discovered the percussion ensemble Drumhead, with whom Cohen occasionally gigged. Autobody debuted on record in 1997 using the Dark Angus EP, released over the Haunted Toast label. Their initial full-length, Vanilla Impressions, implemented later in the entire year. A proceed to the better-distributed Silly Parrot label preceded their second record, 1999’s Autobody. Confusingly, it had been accompanied by another eponymous discharge — this time around a five-song EP — over the Aged Silver label in 2001. Their third record, Xelp, premiered on CD-R just, and was along with a CD-R assortment of outtakes titled Dark Angus, Vol. II.