Amoeba Teen were founded by critically acclaimed songwriting team, Mark Britton and Mike Turner. Armed with a four-track tape recorder and junk shop guitars, Britton and Turner began writing together back in the dying embers of the last century.
With a rag-tag collection of scratchy demos, Britton and Turner slowly honed their craft, melding together lush harmonies, hooky melodies, the odd sample and overdriven guitars. Hints of power pop can be heard: Teenage Fanclub, Jellyfish and Big Star spring to mind. But Turnerís raucous guitar and reverb soundscapes keeps the vibe punky and a little dirtier, depending on if you're listening to a live performance or one of their eclectic recordings.
During a particularly dark year of damp accommodation and alcohol, their work attracted the attention of Nokia, who wanted to feature their track, Friend to the Stars, in a TV advert. They declined and chose to remain underground and drunk.