James formed in Manchester, England, in 1982 and was immediately hailed as the next Smiths. The group struggled early in their career to distinguish themselves from their beloved Morrissey-lead group. It wasn’t until their late ‘80s hit “Sit Down,” that they earned a name for themselves.

James continued to receive moderate attention from the Brits, putting out several albums and touring incessantly. The collaboration with producer Brian Eno for their 1993 album Laid, was a surprise hit in the States, but largely ignored by the U.K.

James have once again solicited Brian Eno to produce their latest album, Pleased to Meet You, which will be released in early July.

After their summer festival tour, James plays several arenas around the U.K. in December.