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The Lovers is the brainchild of Tom Hingley – former lead singer of The Inspiral Carpets, a band that along with The Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses defined everything that was good about the UK music-scene at the beginning of the 1990’s.

Despite, or because of, over 20 top 40 hits, seven Top of the Pops appearances, a rock solid fan base and successful tours all over the world The Inspirals ran out of steam in 1995 and Hingley drifted into solo projects on the fringes of the pop mainstream.

However, a chance encounter in 2001 with Steve Hanley – former bassist and longest serving musician with legendary Manchester band, The Fall (that broke up in 1998 after a much publicised stage fight in New York), led Hingley and Hanley to join forces in The Lovers. Despite kids, mortgages and the onset of 40, both still shared an intense passion and desire to make, perform and record great music.