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Formed in 1997, Sodastream spent the first years of their existence in perpetual tour mode before releasing an EP, "Enjoy" on the Aquamudvuv label in Australia. The EP came to the attention of John Peel and one of it's tracks, "Turnstyle" featured in Peel's Festive 50 that year, voted in by the listeners. Drummer Adam Johnson left the band to leave Karl Smith (vocals/guitar) and Pete Cohen (bass/double bass) to work on "Practical Footwear," throughout early 1998 though the songs have a much more Autumnal feel than "Enjoy" and a much more somber execution that lends itself to the English "dark folk" scene of the early 70's. More plays on Peel followed and the band played shows in Holland and London throughout March/April 1999. The band also played the Crossing Border festival in Holland in October 1999 before returning to Melbourne to record their debut album for Tugboat, "Looks Like A Russian". After touring Europe in Winter 2000 they recorded their follow up lp "The Hill For Company". This was released by Tugboat in September 2001. "In between Times" was released exclusively on Acuarela and featured 4 unreleased songs in the vein of Nick Drake, early Belle and Sebastian and Love.