"Palatka started in November/December of 1994. Mike (guitar) & Kurt (vocals) lived in a house known as the Mega-Rock-Arena. Jason (bass) was a friend of Mike's from their hometown. Mark (drums) was introduced to the three of them through Jason's roommate. At the time of our inception we all had the same beliefs of a self-sustaining DIY music scene. We set up house shows, we played on floors and we booked our own tours. Later Ryan & Will from Hope Spring Eternal moved to Gainesville. From, there, Ryan joined Palatka as a second guitarist."