In 2002, guitarist Joe Hayes moved to the Bay Area from Brooklyn and began collaborating with singer and then-drummer John Lucas in San Rafael,
Cali. on a number of lo-fi recordings which featured Lucas on vocals and drums.
In the ensuing year, they released an EP, Model, before
solidifying the currentt rhythm section members, bassist JJ Caguin and drummer Ken Shelf. Their first full length, 2005's Misc Radio Leakage, was binaually
recorded and largely comprised of improvisational performance mixed and produced by the band. The follow-up sophomore release, Inner El Camino, was recorded at John Vanderslice's Tiny Telephone and SF Soundworks in San Francisco for release in early 2007. The record included rich instrumentation and a guest appearance on a variety of horns by former Tom Waits' and B-52s saxophonist Ralph Carney. The Dont's spend an inordinate amount of a time improvising in their San Francisco studio, retaining hundreds of hours of experimental recordings since forming in 2002.