Although formed in 2005, almost all three users of retro-futurist group the Aliens had previously played collectively within the Beta Music group, a cult-favorite Scottish outfit. Performers/guitarists Steve Mason and Gordon Anderson created the Betas in Edinburgh in 1996. Originally dubbed the Pigeons, the duo added bassist Steve Duffield, drummer Robin Jones, and DJ/keyboardist John Maclean during creation on the landmark debut EP, Champ Versions. Immediately after completing those documenting sessions, Anderson dropped ill and remaining the Beta Music group, subsequently cutting some self-released LPs beneath the name Lone Pigeon (including 28 Key Songs, Moses, and Auckley Craw). For the time being, the Beta Music group surfaced as darlings from the worldwide music press, culminating within the 1998 launch of their traditional The Three E.P.’s. Although follow-ups like 2001’s Sizzling Photos II and 2004’s Heroes to Zeros loved crucial acclaim and regularly reached the top rungs from the United kingdom pop graphs, the Beta Music group was openly important of its efforts and performed a farewell present in Edinburgh on Dec 5, 2004. Soon after the divide, Maclean and Jones resumed their cooperation with Anderson because the Aliens, as well as the trio produced its studio room debut in middle-2006 with an EP entitled Alienoid Starmonica. Eschewing the Betas’ dub and trip-hop affects for psychedelia and glam, the record gained a positive important response and established the stage for the full-length Astronomy for Canines, released twelve months afterwards. Gordon Anderson battled with health issues throughout the initial 1 / 2 of 2008, prompting the Aliens to cancel a string of displays and briefly shelve their programs for another record. Upon his recovery, the group performed at many European celebrations and found time and energy to record Luna, that was released in the U.K. afterwards that season. A stateside discharge followed in ’09 2009.