The Shermans were formed in December 1997 by Mikael Matsson and Torbjorn Thorsen after the break up of Mikael's old band, Red Sleeping Beauty. The Sherman's first recordings, "The Sound of Shermans," was released as a 7" single on the American label Blackbean and Placenta.
The band recruited Chrisster Nilsson to play bass and began playing live
shows in and around their hometown. Eventually Torbjorn left the band to start
another band, Aerospace and was soon replaced by Ingela Karlsson as the new
The Japanese label Quince (who had previously licensed the two Red Sleeping
Beauty albums in Japan) showed interest in releasing a Shermans album. The
band compiled all of the Shermans early singles and compilation tracks (with
vocals by Torbjorn), along with several new songs, on one cd called "Casual."
Universal Records (Philippines) licensed "Casual" in May 2000 on CD and
cassette. Four of these songs also appeared on a 7" single released
by Fantastic Records (USA) in the summer of 2000.
In late 1999, the Shermans joined the Shelflife label. The album "In
Technicolor" was their inaugural full-length release in the US in spring
2000. Eleven catchy masterpieces for all sunshine pop fans. In early 2001,
Shelflife re-released "Casual" for the US.
The band continued to write and record more new songs during 2000-2001.
Shelflife released a new CDep titled "Falling out of Love" in Spring 2001
with California's Sky Blue Records. The Ep contained 4 new tracks, plus the
title track from their forthcoming album "Happiness is Toy Shaped". This
full length cd showcases the Shermans new girlgroup sound influenced by
jangle pop, and will be available in the fall of 2001.