Shaped in November 1998 by three Rutgers students, Midtown soon became a lively quartet made up of Gabe Saporta (vocals/bass), Rob Hitt (drums), Tyler Rann (guitar/vocals), and Heath Saraceno (guitar/vocals). Benefiting from the fertile NJ punk scene to build up a unique audio that combined components of emo and hardcore, Midtown started recording soon after their development. Their debut EP, Sacrifice of Existence, was released by Pinball Information in 1999. Their 1st full-length, Save the entire world, Lose the lady, premiered in early 2000 by their close friends at Drive-Thru Information and was quickly found for distribution by MCA. Midtown spent five weeks starting in nov 2001 documenting their follow-up recording; Living Well May be the Greatest Revenge made an appearance in Apr 2002. non-stop touring adopted, including a headlining tour through the entire U.S., Japan, and U.K. Midtown performed a slew of Western dates using the likeminded Jimmy Eat Globe as well. Back again in the home by January of 2003, tensions that were growing between your music group and Drive-Thru over emotions of unfair treatment found a head. Unsatisfied throughout the crisis, Midtown finally were able to extricate themselves using their contract using the label. Down but not at all out, the people met up with maker Butch Walker to record the tracks that could become their following recording, the moodier Neglect What You Understand, in November. Following the music group shopped it around to different brands, the record was found by Columbia and released in June 2004.