) After writing and playing by his lonesome for several years, Jason Choi gathered some friends together to record a CD for Winter in July Records in 2003. Dubbing his backing band the Sea, Jason began writing songs with a fuller sound in mind, involving more guitars, keys, and percussion instruments. After their first tour of the southeast in the summer of 2004, Jason Choi and the Sea went back to the studio to begin work on a full-length album, Leave the Night Behind. Unlike those of previous recordings, these ten songs aspire to uplift the listener, using imagery of light and darkness as a parallel to good and evil, joy and sorrow, and hope and shame.
After more touring and several lineup changes, Leave the Night Behind was released in June of 2006 on Team Grizzly, a label started by Jason and Brian Bo (of Clock Hands Strangle). Its release was directly followed by an eastern U.S. tour. Jason Choi and the Sea has played with artists such as Phosphorescent (Misra), Madeline (Orange Twin), Castanets (Asthmatic Kitty), Defiance, Ohio (Plan-It-X), the Living Blue (Minty Fresh), Scout's Honor (No Idea), Baby Calendar (Happy Happy Birthday to Me), Look Mexico (Lujo), Clock Hands Strangle (Team Grizzly), Band Marino, and Summerbirds in the Cellar.
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