A freelance engineer at Type Foundry Saving in Portland, OR, along with a article writer for Tape-Op journal at that time, John Askew began Tracker like a studio room task in early 1998. He documented, wrote, and performed a lot of the tools himself and Tracker released its debut recording Ames at the start of 2000 on FILMguerrero. Minus a music group for performing reasons, Askew come up with a small number of different live clothes. The results had been loose and spontaneous, with Tracker differing from gig to gig. But Askew quickly began to perform like a duo and documented with longtime friend and drummer Michael Schorr (Loss of life Cab for Cutie), and both formed the primary from the 1st stable tracker lineup. Either like a duo or with bass participant Dave Harding (Richmond Fontaine) in tow, Tracker began playing displays with famous brands Giant Fine sand, the Black Center Procession, and Calexico, until Loss of life Cab for Cutie begun to gain a way of measuring national publicity and acclaim, resulting in tours that had taken Schorr together. This alternately led Askew in to the studio room, where he documented songs for many compilations, and into many other musical projects.