12 Rounds debuted in the mid-90s under the name "12 Rounds With Jesus" on an NME promotional cassette, titled "Past Forward", with a demo of their song 'Holed'. The band would go on to record their debut full-length, "Jitter Juice", for Polydor
. After a handful of releases and live shows, the band were ultimately dropped from the label. Member Kirk Hellie would also part ways with the band through this time (and eventually start his own project Spectacularly Ugly Music), though he later rejoined. They went on to spend the summer of 1997 recording an album's worth of material in their basement studio. Trent Reznor
would hear the material and offer them a new home with his label, Nothing Records
. They went on to tour, opening for Marilyn Manson and VAST, before beginning work on a third album, with in-studio help from Reznor. However, the album never saw a release, due to the collapse of Nothing Records. The band went on indefinite sabbatical, with Ross and Sarne becoming spouses, but have never officially disbanded and continue to collaborate. Atticus Ross now works largely in the studio as a producer and programmer, notably with Nine Inch Nails and How To Destroy Angels, as well as becoming an Oscar winning film composer. Claudia Sarne became a vocalist for nearLY
for a stint, before collaborating with Ross on his film scores. With Kirk Hellie returning as guitarrist, Leopold Ross, brother of Atticus rounds out the current lineup.