The group with an original name, mewithoutyou, was formed in Pennsylvania in 2002. Initially, it was a side project created by the members of the post-hardcore band, The Operation. The group was formed by Chris Kleinberg and two brothers, Michael and Aaron Weiss.
Michael and Aaron loved music since childhood and wanted to become successful artists. Aaron enjoyed listening to Bob Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel. Mike appreciated Michael Jackson and Bon Jovi. When The Operation was being formed, Aaron just enrolled in college. He wanted to become an English teacher.
The Operation didn’t exist for too long. However, the band managed to release a successful album, There Is Hope for a Tree Cut Down. It was recorded with the assistance of the label, Takehold, in 2001. When the band fell apart, some of its members focused on the side project mewithoutYou and started experimenting with music styles.
Even though the lineup seemed to be full, the artists welcomed new members. They were a drummer Richard Mazzott and a guitar plater Ray Taddeo. Not all artists agreed with the way Weiss brothers approached music but continued to experiment with them. Before dedicating his life to music, Aaron worked in a flower shop. The band’s first performances looked like flower exhibitions. It was definitely unusual. However, not many people liked the approach.