Based out of New York City, the energetic and danceable punk of the A.K.A.s materialized around vocalist Mike Ski, the former frontman for influential Pennsylvania hardcore outfit Brother's Keeper. He relocated from Erie to N.Y.C. while BK were still active, and though the band managed to release one more album and tour worldwide, the distance ultimately proved too much and they eventually fizzled. Ski (who also does graphic design work on the side) moved on and got together with some guys he'd met in the city, guitarist Lukas Previn and bassist Chad Bowser (ex-the Heartdrops), to begin anew. Going through some drummers, the band settled down when Ski's former Brother's Keeper bandmate Bob Williams relocated to come on board behind the drum kit. The A.K.A.s wrote early material as a four-piece, but when their friend Nina Aron came to the studio one day to just hang out, her half-serious performance on some tracks quickly resulted in her (and her Farfisa organ) becoming a permanent addition.