The Southern California punk revival band Pulley was formed upon vocalist Scott Radinsky's departure from , brought about by that band's desire for a singer with a full-time focus on music (Radinsky is also a major-league relief pitcher and has played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, among others). Pulley's initial lineup included drummer Jordan Burns (also ex-), who was in the pre- band with Radinsky and also gigs with ; guitarist Jim Cherry, formerly the bassist of ; guitarist Mike Harder, who served a brief stint in ; and bassist Matt Riddle, formerly of . Pulley's debut, Esteem Driven Engine, was released in 1996 by Epitaph; Riddle joined full-time afterward and was replaced by Tyler Rebbe. Follow-up 60 Cycle Hum appeared in 1997, and their eponymous third album in 1999. Cherry exited Pulley's lineup before the guys began work on fall 2001's Together Again for the First Time. (Sadly, he passed away as the result of a lifelong heart condition the following summer.) As their first album without producer Ryan Greene behind the controls, Matters -- produced instead by Matt Hyde (, ) -- followed in April 2004. By this time, the band comprised Radinsky, Harder, Rebbe, drummer , and guitarist Jim Blowers.