Pop-punk clothing Hey Mike! started in Bakersfield, CA, when drummer Justin “Juice” Cabrera wanted a new music group. He known as up vocalist/guitarist Steven Neufeld, whom he’d previously used in Craig’s Sibling, and both decided to begin something up jointly. After getting aboard guitarist Brandon Henderson, they had taken the advice of the shared friend and snatched bassist Josh McDonald from university life to finish their enthusiastic staff. The band kept its initial practice in November 2003, but didn’t choose the name Hey Mike! (which really is a shout-out to NOFX’s Body fat Mike) until several months afterwards. Having however to record a good demo, Cabrera known as his friend Ben Harper, Yellowcard guitarist and owner of regional indie Takeover Information, to have a look at his brand-new task. Harper was interested and some shows afterwards, Hey Mike! acquired sealed the offer to become the next act agreed upon to his label. Only five a few months after developing, the quartet documented the EP Embrace Your Hooks and released it in June 2004. They jumped on tour, including Warped schedules along with a stint with Autopilot Off, before striking the studio room early another year to focus on their freshman full-length. The people continued a hiatus of kinds that same calendar year, afterwards regrouping with brand-new bassist TJ Arriaga up to speed. Things were finding out about for Hey Mike! in 2006 until they continued another expanded break early that summer months; the record was completed, though, as well as the band’s self-titled debut surfaced in August.