The now defunct band Polaar brought together Scott Mannion and Li-Ming Hu (of Shortland St fame), who originally formed as Plasticene Recording Projects. Their plan was to form a new project every year, putting out at least two albums with said band. After initial recordings as Plasticene, they enlisted some friends to release material as the Tokey Tones – an Auckland-based band that could swell to as many as 10 members on any given performance.
They stuck to their word, releasing two albums in 2003, both in a sort of whimsical and delicate pop coupled with flourishes of twee instrumentation and lush arrangements. Released through Mannions’ Lil Chief label, the band received attention for their impressive live sound and their cd artwork, both created by Illicit Clothing artist Misery.