Armed with an angular, beat-heavy sound similar to that of Franz Ferdinand or the Kaiser Chiefs, the Sunshine Underground got their start playing gigs in the Leeds area in the early 2000s. They all went to high school in Shropshire, a county in southwestern England near the Welsh border. Craig Wellington was going to school in Shrewsbury and Stuart Jones, Daley Smith, and Matthew Gwilt went to school in Telford. Eventually, Gwilt was accepted to go to the University of Leeds, and the boys collectively moved there after graduation. They formed the Sunshine Underground soon after they got to Leeds, naming their band after a Chemical Brothers track.