The Levellers formed in 1988, bringing together five Brighton, England, musicians — Mark Chadwick (vocals, guitar, banjo), Alan Miles (vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonica), Jeremy Cunningham (bass, bouzouki), Charlie Heather (drums), and Jon Sevink (fiddle). Forging out a pseudo-hippie, slightly punky folk-rock with a Celtic flavoring, the band released two EPs on their own Hag label in 1989, which led to a contract with Musidisc. The band released their first album, A Weapon Called the Word, in 1990; after its release Miles quit the band — he was quickly replaced by Simon Friend. The following year, the Levellers left the Musidisc label, moving to China Records. The Levellers’ success continued throughout 1992, with more sold-out European tours and the hit Fifteen Years EP. Throughout 1993, the band worked on their second album, Levellers; in the meantime, they continued touring and released the singles compilation, See Nothing, Hear Nothing, Do Something. In 1996, the band released Live: Headlights, White Lines, Black Tar Rivers. The band explored alternative guitar pop on 1997’s Mouth to Mouth, followed by a greatest hits collection (One Way of Life: The Best of the Levellers) in 1998. After a lengthy hiatus, the group stormed back in 2003 with Green Blade Rising, an anthemic return to form that was echoed in 2005 with the similarly rousing Truth & Lies. While much of remainder of the decade was spent consolidating their fanbase with a number of prestigious European festival dates, 2008 brought the idiosyncratically political Letters From the Underground. Issued in the year of their 20th anniversary, it was the first studio album to be released on their own.