Named the "best new band of 1997" by the London Times, Dawn of the Replicants has quickly grown into one of the most inventive groups in the United Kingdom. Impossible to categorize, their music is, according to founders Paul Vickers and Roger Simian, a mix of "swamp rock, pop, glam rock, electro-, girlie jazz, doo wop, nasty ass blues, hip-hop, redneck, and experimentalism." Initially a duo, Dawn of the Replicants has expanded into a quintet with the addition of bassist Donald Kyle, guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Michael Sorenson Small and drummer/guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Grant Pringle. All have contributed original songs to the band's repertoire. While all five musicians previously worked together on the short-lived Scottish music magazine Sun Zoom Spark, their experiences had criss-crossed each other's for years. Pringle, Small, and Simian had played together in a trio, Crunchy Joseph, while Pringle and Kyle had played together in Da Hsing and Placenta Party. Small and Vickers had been members of Pennies from Heaven and Snoopy on Sax.