Our story starts in when Matt Rorer formed his first real band, The Microwave Orphans. At the time, Nick Berlingieri was playing drums for punk/ska legends Freaks from the Apocalypse. Mitch Gradstein had been an original member of the Freaks, but had left the band just before Nick replaced their original drummer. The Microwave Orphans and The Freaks played tons of shows together and Matt Roren also released one of their demos and their full length CD on his record label, Eiffel Trousers Records.

Roren later met Dave Harrison through a mutual friend, George Tabb of Furious George and Maximum Rock N’ Roll fame. Dave was fronting a band called The Teenage Supplicants back in those days, and Roren came into contact with Dave when he needed a band to fill a last minute slot. Dave would later get a job with Roren at Tower Records, join The Microwave Orphans, and become one of his best friends.

By this time, Freaks from the Apocalypse had parted ways and Nick found himself finishing college and spending hours alone practicing while enduring numerous failed attempts at getting a new band together. At this point, Mitch had joined The Microwave Orphans on their last leg, the time between coming back from a tour and breaking up. Sadly enough after 7 years of rock The Microwave Orphans also passed on. While the demise of Freaks from the Apocalypse, The Microwave Orphans, and The Teenage Supplicants seemed like the end of an era, it merely provided the circumstances for a much greater union…