The band went through various incarnations, names and members before settling into what would be Coaster, the band that the Mainon brothers had in mind. They turned a barn into a rehearsal space, and home away from home, and spent time honing their craft. They wrote a catalogue of songs, many of which were never recorded, and played everywhere, gaining a reputation as a world class live band. Plenty of airplay, record label interest and a large fanbase, they were a band that were always on the verge of making it big, with genuine interest from Sony records and One Little Indian records, to name a few, in the early days playing with the likes of the Quireboys, Suede, Pulp, Spacehog, Ocean Colour Scene and Kula Shaker.
'One of a Kind' was a song recorded and produced at Greystoke Studio in London for Sony Records and never released. It was produced by Andy Whitmore (Malcolm McLaren, Elton John, Diana Ross, Terence Trent D'Arby). The band worked with a vocal producer and coach who had worked with the likes of Lionel Ritchie although, by his own admission, the vocals didn't require much coaching! The song was shelved for a while by Sony, as is often the case, and then the band finally released it with a B-Side of a live version of 'Mindwash'.
'Mindwash' was the flagship EP, receiving much acclamation and airplay. Containing three songs that became the pinnacle of the bands live set, it was recorded and produced at Ric Rac Studio in Leeds by Paul Haden (Shed Seven, Bill Nelson, The Sister of Mercy) .
'Sideshow Live' was essentially a collection of live versions of the songs that appeared on the 'Sideshow - The Unreleased Demos', some of the songs having different arrangements. It was a rough a ready recording put out at the request of fans and the band wanted to portray the raw, no frills live energy of the band.
'Sideshow - The Unreleased Demos' was a collection of racks recorded by the band with the attention of inclusion of a later album. This never happened and so, at request of the fans, the band released them as a taster - also using it to get gigs and interest at the beginning.