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The band formed in October 2005 at the University of Manchester. Martin and Pat wrote songs together in their final year at university, and Gemma joined on bass shortly afterwards. Their first gig was at Retro Bar in Manchester on the 1st March 2006. The band played as a 3-piece (Martin, Pat and Gemma) until August 2007. Until this point they used a drum machine called Mustafa Beat.
The Answering Machine released their first single, "Oklahoma" on 16 October 2006 through High Voltage Sounds. The single was limited to 500 vinyl copies, and sold out in 2 days. Second Single, "Silent Hotels" was released with High Voltage Sounds on the 18th June 2007. The single was again limited to 500 vinyl copies. They released their third single, "Lightbulbs" on the 5th November 2007 with Regal Records. The band released their 1st official single "Cliffer" in March 2009 with Heist Or Hit Records.
The band played at Glastonbury festival 2007 and SXSW festival 2008. They have performed a UK headline tour in May/June 2007, and a support tour with The Rumble Strips in October/November 2007.
They have now completed recording their debut album produced by Dave Eringa at Warren House Farm Studios in Yorkshire and mixed at Beethoven Street Studios, London. The debut album Another City, Another Sorry was released on June 15th 2009.
"It's Over, It's Over, It's Over" is featured on the video game FIFA 10.The band also had two songs featured on the BBC TV show Gavin and Stacey during the second episode of the third series.

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