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They released a physical EP in 2005 on Brassland label, owned by Brooklyn/Cincinnati band The National, and a download-only EP Exit Columbia Street, in 2006. In 2007 the group signed with independent label Great Society, who released their debut full-length, Anytown Graffiti, in April 2007. . The group appeared at SXSW in 2007, and has played with The Flaming Lips,The Decemberists, Norah Jones, Sleater-Kinney, The National, Mission of Burma, Rainer Maria, Gomez, Devendra Barnhart, British Sea Power, and Feist. Pela have recently severed ties with Great Society and are unsigned at the moment.
In 2007, Pela traveled to Los Angeles to record in a studio and work on a follow-up album. As fate would have it, Christopher Herb had recently returned from Down Under and was living in L.A. After joining in on the recording sessions, the band asked him to join. Herb packed up his belongings and relocated to New York and is now a permanent member.
On February 29th at Schubas Tavern in Chicago McCarthy sustained a serious hand injury after falling onto a broken pint glass on stage, leaving a deep gash in his left palm, and slicing a tendon in his left pinky finger. The tour was subsequently canceled as a result. McCarthy has since undergone a successful surgery and following physical therapy, has fully recovered. The band has recently completed a successful national tour is currently mixing their second full-length album, “Rise ye Sunken Ships” which will be released in early 2009.