Originally formed in 2001 in the headmaster's office of their Aberdeen, Scotland school, the Xcerts comprise Murray MacLeod (lead vocals/guitar), Jordan Smith (bass), and Tom Heron (drums). It wasn't until 2006, with the departure of original drummer Ross McTaggart, that they really began to progress and subsequently relocated to Brighton to concentrate on their music. Here Heron, originally from Exeter, was installed as the band’s drummer. Playing a combination of loud, distorted riffs and soaring pop-edged choruses, they drew immediate comparisons to countrymen Biffy Clyro and the '90s post-grunge of Weezer. The band released two singles on Glasgow independent label One Records before Get Cape. Wear Cape. Flyfrontman Sam Duckworth released a further two singles on his Mannequin Republic label. The first single, "Do You Feel Safe," received considerable radio airplay on BBC Radio 1 and XFM. The Xcerts then relentlessly toured the U.K. with Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly and Fightstar throughout 2008, and their energetic live performances began to gain attention from the media.