The band formed in late 2006, initially calling themselves Joe Lean and The Tantrums. Following a name change, they played their first gig in January 2007 and released their debut single "Lucio Starts Fires" on October 8th. In the same year, the band supported Babyshambles, Dizzee Rascal, Cansei de Ser Sexy and Kaiser Chiefs and completed their first headlining tour across the UK. At the end of the year, the band was voted number 7 on the BBC's Sound of 2008 poll. They showcased their sound at both the 2008 NME Awards Tour and the SXSW music festival in Austin, TX. In addition, they also supported The Cribs on their tour. Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong will be performing small venues throughout England for the upcoming months.