BioTaking their cues from such California-based bands as Pavement, the Grateful Dead, and harmony acts like Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the Donkeys craft country-tinged pop/rock songs inspired by their state's warm weather and relaxed pace. High school friends Timothy DeNardo, Anthony Lukens, and Sam Sprague first played together as teenagers, while Jessie Gulati joined the latter two musicians in a band named The Moon and Sixpence soon after graduation. The musicians eventually banded together as the Donkeys, lacing well-crafted pop with elements of classic rock, country, and laid-back psychedelia. The group signed with Antenna Farm Records and issued a self-titled debut in 2004. Leaving Antenna Farm several years later, the Donkeys eventually settled with the Texas-based label Dead Oceans before issuing their 2008 follow-up, Living on the Other Side.