Straightener released its first EP, Straighten It Up, in 2000, and quickly gained recognition with its punk-infused alt-rock sound. The band started its own label, Ghost Records, in 2002 and released a maxi-disc, Silver Record, which sold well enough to earn them a contract with Toshiba EMI in 2003. Since then, the group has been working at full speed -- releasing the Rock End Roll LP in 2004, Title in 2005, and Dear Deadman in 2006 -- the latter being an especially successful release followed by a big tour and a short stream of singles. The band churned out two big releases in 2007: Linear in March and the EP-sized Immortal in November. The full-length Nexus followed in 2009. ~ Alexey Eremenko
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