Just as Nirvana inspired a legion of yelping, angry youths with loud, fuzzy guitars in America, Oasis' Beatles-like popularity in Britain unleashed a flock of imitators in the mid-'90s. Northern Uproar was among Oasis' spiritual offspring. Northern Uproar formed in Oasis' hometown of Manchester, England, in 1995. Featuring Leon Maya (vocals, bass), Paul Kelly (guitar), Jeff Fletcher (guitar), and Keith Chadwick (drums), Northern Uproar adopted Oasis' notorious cockiness and the punk sensibilities of the Clash and the Manic Street Preachers. Still in their teens and without any records out, the band was engulfed in the hype machine of the U.K. press because of their energetic live performances at the Roadhouse in Manchester. After a bidding war, the group eventually signed with Heavenly. The band moved to Monnow Valley Studio in Monmouth to record songs produced by Dave Eringa and James Dean Bradfield, both from the Manic Street Preachers.