Justin Webb (vocals/guitars) and Christiaan Webb (vocals/keyboards) are the sons of legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb. After first attending Boston University, they later shared a one-room studio in their adopted hometown of Chicago, IL, and soon were playing local rock clubs and dives in the Windy City. By the summer of 1998, they felt they had gone as far as they could and began concentrating their efforts on writing and recording an album's worth of demos in the group's rehearsal space in order to get themselves a record contract. These recordings featured their longtime drummer Neil Ostrovsky. One thousand copies were pressed up and passed around to A&R reps, but no U.S. label seemed to be interested at the time. After their successful New Year's Eve performance in London, the Webb Brothers decided to try their luck in England, moving there in January 1999.