In 1996, Rocky Votolato (singer/guitarist), along with friends Rudy Gajadhar (drums) and Andrew Hartley (bass), started playing
under the name Waxwing. Rocky’s younger brother Cody (The Blood Brothers) soon joined the band on second guitar, and the
band recorded their debut 7” for Henry’s Finest Recordings. In 1999, Second Nature Recordings released their first full-length,
entitled ‘For Madmen Only’. Blending straight-up rock with elements of post-hardcore, and Cody’s metal reminiscent guitaring,
Waxwing soon established a strong local following. It was a feat built upon with their two succeeding albums ‘One For the Ride’
(2000) and ‘Nobody Can Take What Everybody Owns’ (2002).