The band formed in 2017. After a year of gigging in the Denver area, they recorded their debut album, Crimes Against Gratitude, for a year with producer Paul Simmons (of Denver band Turvy Organ). It arrived on August 23, 2019. That same year, Simmons joined the band as a fourth member, playing guitar, violin, and keys.
The album features a slew of Denver musicians, and its shaggy camaraderie comes across distinctly in “Song of the Summer,” the album’s closer. Lela Roy—Schmid’s bandmate in Oxeye Daisy—contributed vocals and birdcalls; Ilya Litoshik of Turvy Organ chipped in acoustic guitar; and Josh Fuson, of Montropo, played congas.