The Aeroplanes are an English rock band from Liverpool. They were formed in 2003 when Chris Kearney (guitar/vocal), Paul Crowe (guitar/vocal) and Stuart Palethorpe (bass) decided to take their previous outfit, Loveland 1881, in a different direction. They were joined by old friend Ian McMillan (drums). By 2004 they were regularly headlining shows around the city, but it was 2005 where things really began to take off for the group. They crashed the top 5 of the indie charts with their debut EP and broke the iTunes weekly downloads record for an unsigned artist within a matter of months. They were also featured in the movie "The Moguls" after Jeff Bridges heard their distinctive Brit Rock sound and personally requested for them to be included on the movie’s soundtrack. In 2006 The Aeroplanes ‘took to the skies’ playing gigs in Germany, Switzerland and the US, where they were invited to perform at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. They also sold out Liverpool’s Carling Academy during a homecoming residency. In 2007 bassist Stuart left the band and was replaced by Vicky Edwards. The band released their much anticipated debut album Broken Hearts and Maladies, produced by Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys), in November 2008 to positive reviews.