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The Night Café formed in their native Liverpool as an “excuse not to do the homework”. School friends Sean, Josh, Arran and Carl bonded over a mutual admiration of Bombay Bicycle Club, Kings of Leon and would jam together in music class playing covers of Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and Ozzy Osbourne’s heavy-rock ripper ‘Crazy Train’. The band then started working on their own material and though they all pull from different scenes – Arran was, and remains, a big fan of techno music – they found a middle ground in the song’s melodies and structures. “It was more about chord progressions than actual genres of music,” Sean says.