Chromatics was formed by Adam Miller. On the first Chromatics single, he sang and played all the music himself, creating a jagged art-damaged package of songs. At the time, he was playing in the Seattle band the Vogue. When the Vogue dissolved later that summer, he recruited fellow Vogue members Devin Welch and Hannah Blilie for Chromatics, adding bass player and vocalist Michelle Nolan to complete the band. They continued in the punk/dance direction with a healthy dose of polemic queer and feminist insurrectionist themes.