The band was founded by its two original members, Jon Weisnewski (bass, vocals) and Nat Damm (drums). The two met in 1995 in a high school gym class after noticing each other's home-made punk T-shirts. They quickly became friends, sharing a love of DC hardcore and punk rock. Akimbo played its first show on Halloween of 1998.
Akimbo has had eleven guitarists over the course of its existence.