BioLate summer in 2000, The M's set up some microphones in their Chicago basement and recorded a song. Within a week, they'd completed five more.
Not long after, the still fledgling group left their makeshift studio for a show at Cal's Liquors in downtown Chicago. When they finished the first song, the audience was intrigued. By the time they ended their set, the crowd wanted more.
The M's started selling a self-titled four song EP around town and at shows, but at that time were more interested in recording than performing. So, only five months after that first show, The M's had recorded 15 more songs, all full of harmonies, big guitars, and catchy melodies.
After a few months of sporadic gigging, The M's earned high-profile slots alongside Ambulance Ltd., Broken Social Scene, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The French Kicks, Spoon, Stars, Stephen Malkmus, The Walkmen, Wilco, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and more. They've also appeared twice at CMJ and SXSW and, in July 2005, The M's performed at the inaugural Intonation Music Festival, which is/was/will be curated by Pitchfork Media.