Strictly Ballroom was founded in late 1994 by a bunch of former KXLU DJs — guitarist/singer Chris Gunst, second guitarist Paul Larson, bassist
Jimmy Tamborello, drummer Ian MacKinnon, and keyboardist/percussionist Jimmy Hay. The band’s sound was described as “Enocore” by the
press and fans at the time, due to their Brian Eno-like soundscaping merged with the sounds of hardcore. Signed to the Waxploitation label, the
quintet issued the album Hide Here Forever in 1998, and became a college radio favorite, appearing on the CMJ charts.