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Uploaded on Feb 17, 2010

Future Perfect Tense by Sweet Billy Pilgrim.

Sweet Billy Pilgrim are an English pop band, composed of bassist/banjo player Anthony Bishop, guitarist and songwriter Tim Elsenburg, and drummer/percussionist Alistair Hamer.

The three members met whilst at school, Tim and Anthony are from Wingrave and Alistair from Wendover, both in Buckinghamshire.

Sweet Billy Pilgrim formed in 2003 after their previous band 'Cordisto' came to an end. The name Sweet Billy Pilgrim is taken from Billy Pilgrim, the main character in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse 5.

After repeated rejections from both major and independent record labels, Tim bought a Power Book, they installed Pro Tools, and the band began to record themselves. Due to financial restraints, all of Sweet Billy Pilgrim's records have (apart from the acoustic drums) been recorded and produced in a garden shed using a laptop and one good microphone. The band feel this has had a positive influence on their sound.

Their first release was a self funded single featuring hand stamped artwork containing two songs 'Stars Spill Out of Cups' and 'Atlantis'. As of 2009[update], they have gone on to release two albums.

"We Just Did What Happened and No One Came" was released in 2005 and awarded four stars by Mojo magazine, and The Sunday Times called it, "a rather special debut", making the track "Stars Spill Out of Cups" one of their songs of the year.

"Twice Born Men" was released in 2009 and was awarded 5 stars and made CD of the Week by The Sunday Times, later that year it made The Sunday Times' top 100 albums of 2009 list. The album was also awarded 4 stars by Mojo and Uncut, and was made a Mercury Prize album of the year for 2009.

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