The indie-rock duo Kicking Giant
comprised singer/guitarist Tae Won Yu
and drummer Rachel Carns
, who first teamed while both were attending art school in New York City in 1989. That same year they issued their first cassette-only release, January; three more tapes -- Boyfriend Girlfriend, Secret Teenage Summer and Present
-- appeared on an annual basis before Kicking Giant
relocated to Olympia, WA in 1992. There they compiled 1993's Halo, a collection of material from the earlier cassettes; the duo then signed to K Records and released a single, "She's Real," as part of the label's International Pop Underground series. The full-length Alien iD followed in 1994.