Cult favorite melodic hardcore unit Lifetime was formed in New Jersey in 1990 by singer Ari Katz and guitarist Dan Yemin. Boasting a positive lyrical approach in stark contrast to the cynical mentality predominant throughout the hardcore community of the period, the group earned immediate fame with the 1991 release of its self-titled debut EP, issuing the acclaimed full-length Background the following year. After countless lineup changes, the Lifetime roster stabilized prior to the release of their 1995 Jade Tree label debut, Hello Bastards, with Katz and Yemin recruiting guitarist Pete Martin, bassist Dave Palaitis, and drummer Scott Golley. The album really cemented the band's status as underground heroes, only to be further solidified with their next effort. After a brief tour in support of 1997's well-received Jersey's Best Dancers, the influential group dissolved; while Katz, Palaitis and Golley were soon reunited in Zero Zero, Yemin teamed with drummer David Wagenschutz (a Lifetime alum from the group's earliest incarnations) to form Kid Dynamite, and later, Paint It Black.