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I Knew Them formed in early 2003 in Greece, by two former classmates, Jesus H. and Larry E. Their first big show was on December of 2004, at Ydrogeios Club in Thessaloniki, Greece, supporting Lydia Lunch. Soon after that they recruited Wolf P. to take on Farfisa organ and bass guitar duties. More shows were being booked everywhere, often by the side of many well known artists such as Big Sleep, Nikki Sudden (Swell Maps, The Jacobites), Raining Pleasure, Dave Kusworth (The Jacobites, Dogs D'Amour, Bounty Hunters) and many more local and international bands.

They released their first album called “Lying dead on the pavement” in November 2005 on their own label, Hairway Records. The album was distributed worldwide, under non-exclusive agreements with various record labels and distributors. Soon after the physical release of this album, the band singed a contract with a digital distribution label, enabling iTunes users to download their album from the internet, being one of the first Greek rock bands to ever do that.

By that time, Larry decided to drop out of the band to follow the safer path of proper university studies, in the field of computer science. I Knew Them soon recruited S. Joker who also dropped out to pursue a trading career so Spiraflas Skisoglou started performing on most appearances after that. Spiraflas posed as an ever present spiritual contribution to the band since they started in the first place, but was too bored to ever really participate.

I Knew Them had caught serious media attention at times but things got a bit out of hand when they played a 2006 New Year's day show with guest star Naked Caveman Joe, formerly of the likes of Personality Crisis, TSOF and Five Star Hotel, who as the name implies, appeared on stage totally naked. This event was followed by phone calls by many large national TV channels, asking if the band would appear on midday trash-tv-gossip-shows for interviews. Of course, the band politely declined keeping their underground status.

Since early 2006, the band has also been busy with an experimental side-project they called I Forgot Them creating music and video from a different point of view. Their live appearances include a show with National Theatre of Greece actors, recorded and used in an experimental theatre video for the National Theatre of Greece called The Dead Boy and a show at a building construction site as part of an exhibition of the Fine Arts division of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

In the summer of 2006, after being totally sick and tired of playing the same old venues all around Greece for the 100th time, they decided to go on their first European tour. So a few months later, after completing a breath-catching 8000km road tour of Greece, FYROM, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Austria, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France and the United Kingdom, and trying to settle in London, they decided they were not impressed by the London Underground there and moved to Sheffield instead.

During 2006, I Knew Them also finished recording their new album, called "The truth is in here", which was released in February 2007 by Hairway Records and distributed worldwide. Like their first album, this one is also featured in digital music stores like iTunes and Napster.

During January 2007, I Knew Them started their second European tour in their usual manner, driving themselves all around Europe in a small car packed with sound-gear. They started off with some UK dates, followed by some performances in the Balkans, later continuing for western Europe and finishing off back in the UK in April. They headlined gigs in different kinds of spaces ranging from pubs to squats to large clubs, while doing some absurd interviews for TV and Radio stations and magazines. All of this, DIY, as usual.

Soon after their 2007 tour, Spiraflas Skisoglou decided to move permanently in a forest in Brighton, where he could feel free to pursue his spiritual interests. A few months later, he returned to Greece to continue his Fine Arts studies while taking on a responsible dayjob. Around that same time and based on Spiraflas' decisions, Wolf announced that he will also need some time-off to return to Greece and finish highschool, as he had dropped out in 2005 to make time for the band's busy schedule. Jesus remained in their secret laboratory in Sheffield, performing as Jesus is Angry. In 2008, Jesus and Spiraflas formed the side-project "Jesus is Angry and your local god (who is hungry) proudly present: Choking Bishops" and are planning on touring Europe and the USA by the end of the year.

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