American Princes are an edgy but tuneful indie rock quintet whose angular guitar lines and anxiety-inflected vocals blend with hooky melodies and solid rhythms. American Princes are also a rare example of a band that moved away from the big city in pursuit of success; vocalist and rhythm guitarist David Slade, drummer Matt Quinn, and bassist John Beachford began working together while they were living in New York City, but the pressure and expense of life there made it hard to focus on their music. In early 2003, they pulled up stakes and hit the road for Little Rock, AR, in search of cheaper digs and more time to spend on the band. A dying van stranded Slade in New Jersey for a few weeks while his bandmates settled in down South; by the time he arrived in Little Rock, Quinn and Beachford had been jamming with Collins Kilgore, a local guitar player whose style meshed well with the new arrivals. By August, the band had recorded their first album, We Are the People, for the independent Max Records label, and set out on a nationwide tour. The summer of 2004 saw the release of a second album, Little Spaces, also released by Max. The band toured even more extensively behind their second effort, and in early 2005 Beachford left American Princes, with Luke Hunsicker taking over as bassist.