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Michael was an Athens, GA-based indie combo with ties to emo and origins in ’80s radio. The music group first surfaced in 1999, when vocalist/guitarist David Fairbairn, bassist John Nowicki, and drummer Bob Sleppy released the YOU NEED TO Be This High LP through an area Athens indie. Filled with scruffy detachment and acoustic guitar squelch, it got in-line behind ’90s fare like Polvo or the Smashing Pumpkins. Guitarist pal Asa Leffer became a member of Michael in 2000, during classes for what would ultimately become The Day time After My Self-confidence. That album lowered individually in January 2003. It designated a step of progress in songwriting and concentrate for the quartet, and was backed with a short tour from the Western and Southwest that springtime.

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