The high-energy sound of Secret Agent 8 was born in February of 1996 in Texas City, an industrial complex on the Texas Gulf Coast between Houston and Galveston Island. In the beginning, the group leaned toward "punk ska," imitating a style that arrived in the U.S. from England. Early influences included Operation Ivy and The Specials. Gradually, Secret Agent 8 has evolved into what they are today, nine members each as individual as their music. Current influences include such artists as The Skatalites, Hepcat, The Specials and assorted Jazz, R&B, Rock and Blues performers.