"Vocalist/guitarist Mona Elliott, bassist Mel Lederman, and drummer Christina Files started Victory at Sea in 1996 out of what Elliott refers to as
"feelings of rock that were unable to be controlled." Elliott had previously played in noise rock outfit Spore, Lederman in indie rock band Sugar Bitch,
and Files in space rock group the Swirlies. Together, they took cues from slowcore bands like Codeine and Shipping News and shaped aspects of
those bands into their own tossing and turning style. .