This London-based pop-rock quartet formed in 1987 when vocalist Harriet Wheeler and guitarist David Gavurin – who were also the main songwriting team – met at college in Bristol.
Playing a delicate, flawless mix of The Smiths‘ guitars and the Cocteau Twins‘ vocal acrobatics, the band soon attracted lots of interest from the media and the record industry.
Their debut album, Reading, Writing and Arithmetic (1990) – equal parts The Smiths and The Cocteau Twins – was released by Rough Trade.
Debut single, Can’t Be Sure, went to the top of the British indie charts, entering at #4.
A year later, Reading, Writing, Arithmetic entered the UK charts at #4.
Blind (1992) was a more passive follow-up, but still featured the sensual interplay of Wheeler’s soaring soprano and Gavurin’s chiming chord structures.