Lawless and Sanagan, two former high school friends, have always been compulsively creative. The pair began collaborating in 2006 with half the musicians in their hometown, with membership ranging from 4 to 40. While remaining avid collaborators, longtime friends Hayden Stewart and Anna Horvath joined to form the band’s core songwriting team. As First Rate People’s lineup solidified so too did their sound: obviously well versed in the canon of Western pop, their music anticipates the future. Drawing on a diverse range of influences from pop, electronic, and R&B, First Rate People bump, grind, and bounce like nothing that came before them.