BioElectrelane always says that they invented themselves at the beginning of 1998. It was the point that founder members Verity Susman and Emma Gaze, then Brighton sixth formers, found a rehearsal space outside of Emma's bedroom, but the possibility of Electrelane predated that development by some years. Formed in the dying days of the Britpop era and the aftermath of the Riot Grrrl movement, Electrelane had their own approach, as even their first recordings show.
With Electrelane's driving instrumentals earning the band a reputation as the young things to watch, high profile gigs with Sleater-Kinney, Death In Vegas, Broadcast, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Primal Scream, and Le Tigre followed, along with a US deal with radical indie label, Mr. Lady. The release of Rock It To The Moon, followed by an EP, 'I Want To Be The President', confirmed the rumors. By now, sell-out gigs were the norm as a swathe of art rocker fans of Godspeed You! Black Emperor! and the Velvets, pure popists in love with X-Ray Spex or the B52s, indie kids who'd seen through the packaging of Britpop, poured into venues from Athens to London to New York.
In 2002, Electrelane headed to Chicago to record The Power Out, their second album, with legendary producer, Steve Albini. (He’d been a fan ever since Mia sent him a copy of Rock It.)