Husick took a whack at it, drafting a couple of tunes the betrayed a heavy debt to dark eyeliner-heavies like Samhain and Siouxsie Sioux. As songwriting progressed, the music’s influences began to turn toward atmospheric post-punk and shoegaze. Often, Husick used a bass guitar to form each track’s melodic foundation, freeing up room for guitars and synths to play a textural role. Davis added vocals.
Soon, the duo had generated a record’s worth of songs and recruited friends from Chapel Hill and Chicago to form a live version of the band, including guitarists Dave Nesmith and Rachel Hirsh and drummer John Crouch.