Few hardcore band have been as universally regarded in the scene for their sincere, positive, and upbeat personalities as the men of Erie, PA's Brother's Keeper. The band's reputation as nice guys is only surpassed by their renown for show-stopping, audience-inclusive performances; vocalist Mike Ski's unmistakable shriek; bass player Eric "EMS" Shauffele's charged stage presence; and guitarist Scott Emhoff's keen songwriting ability. The band's sound shares similarities with Snapcase, though it has transformed into a wail of Brother's Keeper's own unique design over the years, with sharp flashes of the biting social commentary and delivery of Rage Against the Machine and the melody-infused, up-tempo rock & roll of Linkin Park. Shadowcast, a self-financed single, marked the recorded debut of Erie's favorite sons in the mid-'90s, shortly before the release of the Ladder EP. The band's first album, The Continuum (released at the beginning of a long partnership with New Jersey's Trustkill label), was the only record to feature drummer Bob, who would later go on to become a part of Problem Solver Revolver. The record contained many songs that would soon become staples of Brother's Keepers live performances, causing sweaty sing-a-longs from coast-to-coast and even overseas. Brother's Keeper toured in support of the album with Albany, NY's similarly minded One King Down.