Formed in Bristol in 2016, LICE first won acclaim with performances alongside The Fall, Fat White Family, Giant Swan and Shame, debuting a wiry brand of art-punk in their 2017 single 'Human Parasite'. In 2018, IDLES, who took LICE on their 'Brutalism' and 'Unity' tours, released LICE’s “early-years” collection on their label Balley Records as the Double EP 'It All Worked out Great, Vol. 1+2'. This led to support from radio tastemakers such as BBC 6Music’s Steve Lamacq and critical praise from the likes of The Guardian, The Quietus and Loud and Quiet. The band followed this with international touring and festival appearances, including a French tour (with Drahla), Le Guess Who, Hop Pop Hop, Swn Festival, Tramlines, DIY Hello 2019 (headline), and Brits Week (100 Club supporting IDLES).
The band released their debut album 'WASTELAND: What Ails Our People Is Clear' in 2020, a concept album featuring a noise instrument hand-built by the band (Intonarumori).