For much of their career, the Norwegian indie pop ensemble the Loch Ness Mouse made the kind of jangly, easygoing, Beach Boys-influenced indie pop that brought to mind California Snow Story, Sambassadeur, and Nobody & the Mystic Chords of Memory. Brothers J÷rn and Ole Johannes ┼leskjaer teamed up to form the band in 1992; over the next ten years, the band's lineup would include the likes of drummer Emil Nikolaisen, drummer Hilma Nikolaisen (Emil's little sister and a member of Umbrella), bassist Morten Holmqvist, and keyboardist Helga Tr÷mborg (who incidentally grew up in the same small town as the ┼leskjaer brothers). Their debut full-length album, Flair for Darjeeling, was released on Norway's Perfect Pop Records seven years later. The Loch Ness Mouse's profile was given a healthy boost with the release of their sophomore album, 2002's Key West, which was licensed for release in the States on the Athens, GA-based label Happy Happy Birthday to Me. Key West enjoyed a warm reception among indie music critics, and went on to be nominated for an Alarm Prize (Album of the Year) in Norway. Umbrella member Henriette Akerholdt was brought into the fold as the Loch Ness Mouse's new drummer in 2003, with Nikolaisen switching over to the bass. The band released an EP that year, Friends & Fenders; the disc was recorded with the help of the Ladybug Transistor's Gary Olson.