the cut*off members, Chad, Kyle, Jake and Jayson, grew up in a North Texas town between Dallas and Fort Worth. It was not until high school that the four members met and became friends. These individuals slightly touched their music side during high school, but there was promise from these few encounters. College split the four into separate cities, but their friendship enabled them to stay in contact with each other. After a couple of years in college that included school transfers, Chad, Kyle and Jake reunited at the University of North Texas and started a band in early 2000.