The prolific and eclectic Dan Melchior first made a name for himself on the same Medway music scene that produced Billy Childish and Holly Golightly (and collaborated with both), but he's since gone on to carve out a more unique identity with his own take on lo-fi pop. Melchior was born in the English town of Chertsey, not far from Shepperton in Surrey, in 1972, and he began teaching himself to play guitar when he was 17. After making his way through a few unmemorable teenage groups, Melchior formed the Loaded Souls in 1995; while they proved to be short-lived, one promoter who saw them was impressed enough to suggest that the band send a tape to Billy Childish, who was releasing material through his Hangman Records label. Childish liked Melchior's rough but emphatic blues guitar stylings and evocative songwriting, and he referred Melchior to chanteuse Holly Golightly. Melchior played guitar on Golightly's 1997 album Painted On (produced by Childish) and wrote a song for the set; Melchior went on to record a handful of albums, singles, and EPs with Golightly over the next several years, as well as playing in her road band. Melchior also recorded a duo album with Childish, Devil in the Flesh, in 1998.