Drunk is made up of Rick Alverson (vocals), Via Nuon (electric guitar), J.T. Yost (accordion), and Russell Make (drums). The music group is inspired by vocalist/songwriters like Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave, and got musical cues from Smog and Sparklehorse. In January 1997, Drunk released its first Compact disc, A Derby Religious; To Part Wounds implemented in Apr 1998. In Feb 1998, Jagjaguwar released Elevated Toward, and Sickbed premiered in June 1999.