Champaign, IL, indie rock and roll clothing the Living Blue was produced in 1997 by 3 natives of tiny Odell, IL — vocalist/guitarist Steve Ucherek, guitarist Joe Prokop, and drummer Tag Schroder — who initial met whilst in senior high school. Originally dubbed the Blackouts, they burnt through some bassists (included in this Ucherek’s sibling, Ben) while creating a enthusiast following in the Champaign club circuit. After setting up bassist Pat Olsen in 2001, the group trim a self-released five-song EP that captured the attention from the Chicago indie Lucid, that your following year released their debut LP, the garage area rock and roll homage Everyday Is really a Weekend Evening. Power pop cult hero Adam Schmitt created the Blackouts’ 2004 follow-up, Surviving in Blue. After writing top honors within a countrywide talent competition sponsored by Small Steven’s Underground Garage area, the syndicated radio present hosted by E Road Band guitarist/professional Steven Truck Zandt, the group additional increased its presence when many of its music were prominently highlighted in the WB Network teenager dilemma One Tree Hill. In order to avoid dilemma with other likewise named works, the Blackouts after that rechristened themselves the Living Blue, swapping Olsen for bassist Andrew Davidson and putting your signature on to Minty New to begin focus on their following LP.