Taylor was then introduced to keyboardist Daryl Wolff and one of the area’s premier rock drummers, Ali Nassar to form Fugu. In the 18 months Fugu was together, they shared the stage with national acts like Perpetual Groove, Kung Fu, and The Nth Power, and made a festival appearance at Florida festival Orange Blossom Jamboree, all the while building a strong local following of friends and fans, new and old.
In October of 2017, Taylor and Pete lost dear friend, bandmate, and aforementioned Tripp Gray. The loss would inspire new music - that music providing solace through the difficult times. Eventually, the answer became clear: combine the musical worlds of the past to create something based around new originals, as well as old music written by Taylor for the previous two bands, while also featuring original music from the late, great Tripp Gray.