Amanda was born in 1990 in Spokane, Washington. Following a drive-by shooting in her hometown, her parents decided to leave the city. Amanda grew up in a cabin deep in an evergreen forest.
They met as teenagers in San Lorenzo di Arzine: population 300 - most of that population either 90-year olds or vineyards. Pete's family had moved to northern Italy, making converts for their evangelical church. San Lorenzo di Arzine was an hour's drive south. Through a family connection, Amanda ended up at the school over two spring sessions, volunteering in the kitchen, more drawn by a sense of adventure than a commitment to faith.
The school functioned like a contemporary monastery. Residents were segregated by gender into two dorm buildings, separated by a courtyard with a common classroom and dining hall.
Pete had picked up guitar while, en route to Italy, his family made a one year stopover in the NYC region of Staten Island, where he was mostly teenaged and bored. Amanda hadn't grown up playing music. There in Italy - between class schedules, cleaning duties & prayer times - The Perennials began.