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The band began when two friends, Jack Antonof and Scott Irby-Ranniar began playing together. They busked in subways and alleyways in New York, and in 1999?2000 recorded a demo that garnered a large degree of record label interest. Despite the array of offers, the duo?calling themselves Steel Train after lyric in a Sublime song?eventually chose to sign with Drive Thru Records. In 2002, the band recorded their debut EP, For You My Dear, recruiting Evan Winiker (formerly of New Jersey pop punk band Random Task) and Matthias Gruber to help with recording and touring. The two later became full members of the band, first Winiker (who was presented as a full member in the promotional pieces for that same EP, released in January 2003) and later Gruber, who joined with second guitarist Matthew Goldman to complete the band and create Steel Train. Together the band went on to record the 1969 EP (a CD of cover versions of songs from that year that inspired the band and their sound), and a year later their debut album Twilight Tales from the Prairies of the Sun, released in 2005. In December 2006 the band announced that they would be parting ways with Matthias Gruber (drums) and Matt Goldman (guitar) who chose to pursue additional interests. The positions were filled by tour manager Daniel Silbert on guitar and Jon Shiffman on drums. In 2007, the band released their second full length, Trampoline. Shortly after the release of the record, Scott Irby-Ranniar decided to leave the band. He has after been replaced by North Carolina native Justin Huey. [+]