In 2002, Alex Grigg and Adrian Deutsch met at a Black Rebel Motorcycle Club concert, discovered their musical tastes aligned, and decided to form a band. Both were guitarists, singers, and songwriters. Deutsch recommended his old friend Mathew Chapman, who was then living in New Zealand, as a bass player. Chapman coincidentally met drummer Tom Wallace while flying to Australia and the Red Riders were complete. After playing a string of backyard parties and pubs, then touring with the Sleepy Jackson and Jet, they scored the coup of supporting Franz Ferdinand on their Australian tour. The Scottish dance-rockers had just come from a tour of America where they had been disappointed with the quality of support acts chosen by their label and insisted on hand-picking their Australian openers; it was the Red Riders' demo that impressed them the most.