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The Music is a British alternative rock band, originally formed in Kippax, Leeds, England in 1999 by Stuart Coleman, Phil Jordan, Robert Harvey, and Adam Nutter. The Music began playing in 1999, and in 2001 the song Take the Long Road and Walk It circulated as a demo, before being released by Fierce Panda. The band were quickly signed by Hut, who released their first EP You Might as Well Try to Fuck Me.

In 2002, following another EP, The People, they released their eponymous debut album. In autumn 2004, they released their second album, Welcome to the North, and the accompanying single Freedom Fighters, before touring with the band Incubus. One of the singles from the album, “Breakin’”, became a hit on American rock radio.