The Crimson Hot Valentines formed in early 2001 as students at Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, IL. Guitarists/vocalists Jeff Johnson and Toby Kirk had been joined up with by bassist David Gerkin and drummer Eric Humbert, as well as the four begun to hone their poppy undertake bouncy alternative in the walls of the dormitory. But shortly, neither the hall’s wall space nor the faculty itself could contain the Crimson Hot Valentines, plus they fell out, eventually getting in Champagne, IL. There they found keyboardist/Moog guy Tyson Markley, begun to gig around city, and released a self-released LP in January 2002. Travels with like-minded groupings Best Fakebook and Duvall implemented, and significant regional media interest — like the curiosity of Champagne’s FM contemporary rock electric outlet — subsequently spurred the eye from the city’s in-house taste-making indie, Polyvinyl, who agreed upon RHV in summer months 2002. The introductory Contacting Off Today EP implemented in early 2003, as well as the band’s correct full-length, Summer months Fling, arrived the next May.