This band formed in 1999 in Mesa, AZ, when lead singer David Jensen and guitarist Hans Ringger joined forces. Both had attended high school together and then did some traveling before hooking up again. Citing Fugazi
and the DIY ethos as major influences, Before Braille
slowly began composing songs, adding bass player Brandon Smith and then drummer Kelly Reed. In March of 2002, the group released its debut four-song EP. The EP garnered press and college radio play for its emo sound. The band also shared the stage with Jimmy Eat World
, among others. In the fall of 2002, Before Braille
released its debut album, The Rumor
, on Aezra Records. The band has performed throughout the American Southwest and Pacific Coast.