The Moving Van Goghs was formed in Manhattan, KS in 1986 while the members (Michael Leggs, Mitchell Leggs, Brian Harris, David Walker) at Kansas State University, and quickly built a local following with their unique brand of rock/punk psychedelia and later became an integral part of a thriving alternative music scene in the Midwest that came to the attention of the national recording industry.

During its heyday, the band was courted by, and played showcases for record labels such as MCA, Atlantic, and Virgin, but never successfully inked a deal during the record industry’s feeding frenzy at the dawn of the grunge movement. Despite the absence of a major label deal, the band managed to independently release three independent recordings: The Moving Van Goghs (1988), Wintermind EP (1990), and Octaphenia EP (1992), to tour regionally, and to share the stage with acts that included: The Flaming Lips, Nova Mob, The Lemonheads, These Immortal Souls, The Swans, Too Much Joy, B.O.M.B., The Embarrassment, Scruffy the Cat, The Pedaljets and Love Tractor.