Too Short Notice began as a small project when several members graduated high school, and subsequently moved to college. Several local shows were played in Northern New Jersey, and member changes were frequent. In 2002, the band began to develop the form and sound that it has today. The lineup became settled Shannon Smith on vocals, Matt Mueller on Bass, Jef Bourlier on Guitar, Scott Bourlier on Trombone, Pat Sousa on Trumpet, and Freddy Iozzino on drums. Shawn Kimon, a student at Berklee College of music, was quickly enlisted to produce, track, mix and master the band's first album.