TEE ((The Earth Explorer) was formed in Japan in 2005 as a cover band named EURO EXPRESS, which played covers of such progressive rock bands as PFM and AREA. After a year of playing covers, the band changed its name to THE EARTH EXPLORER and began playing original material. The original material was all instrumental with the flute taking the lead role in the band's sound. In July of 2007, the band recorded a live version of some of its demos and released the resulting album "First Voyage - Live in Crazy Jam" in December of that year. The band toured Japan throughout much of 2007 and 2008, and with the release of their live album, began to build up a reputation as a European sounding prog act among Japanese prog fans. In fall of 2008, the band began recording its first studio album "The Earth Explorer". The band changed its official name to TEE upon release of the album. Late in 2008, the band was invited to play at the Poseidon festival in Japan. The band cites among its influences Premiata Forneria Marconi, AREA, SAMLA MAMMAS MANNA, PENDRAGON, KING CRIMSON and GENESIS, among others.