The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, an indie pop ensemble hailing from Chicago, is perhaps the furthest thing away from an evangelistic singing group. Founded by college graduates with specialty degrees in music, the band took shape in summer 2001 when Ellen O'Hayer (cello/bass) and Welsh-born Elia Einhorn (organ/guitar) released the charming four-track record "Do You Still Stick Out in the Crowd." Percussionist Sam Koentopp and Boston native Matthew Kerstein (guitar/vocals) joined the two in time for the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir's proper debut single. "Jennie That Cries" was released in early 2002, and WXRT's Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot were among the band's early fans. Local shows in the Windy City gave the four friends some well-needed concert experience, and dates with the likes of the Fiery Furnaces, the Children's Hour, Sea Ray, Of Montreal, and Jay Bennett soon followed.