Hailing from South London's Tooting neighborhood, Dignan Porch began as the lo-fi psych pop bedroom musings of Joe Walsh (not to be confused with the classic rocker of the same name), but soon became a full-fledged band featuring Walsh's guitarist brother Sam, bassist Ben Goodwin, and drummer Philippa Bloomfield. Walsh initially intended to call the project Porch but added Dignan to the name after a friend's dog. The band released its first single, the 90-second "On a Ride," in 2009; the single caught the attention of Captured Tracks, who discovered Dignan Porch via MySpace and signed them, releasing their debut album, Tendrils (which was based largely on Walsh's eight-track bedroom recordings) in early 2010. For 2011's Deluded EP, the band recorded with Henry Withers and added keyboardist/vocalist/visual artist Hayley Akins and drummer Stephen Keane to the fold, both of whom contributed to the EP's more polished, fleshed-out sound. The band's second full-length, Nothing Bad Will Ever Happen, was recorded live with minimal overdubs and released in August 2012. For the band's relatively spare third album, Observatory, which was recorded in Walsh's apartment above a used carpet store, Dignan Porch moved to the London imprint Faux Discx.