Growing up near Hollywood, the guys of Clear Static initially came together when most of the quintet's members were barely in their teens. Pre-adolescents Tom Pederson (vocals) and Michael David (guitar/synth) became friends at a neighborhood party and soon began writing songs together. In time, they decided to expand their burgeoning band to included Pederson's older brother Rich (bass) and grade-school friends Danny Kincaid (guitar) and Jacob Shearer (drums). Like many young musicians, several of Clear Static's members started whetting their musical palates in the realms of punk -- but in their desire to be more capable musicians, the guys were soon drawn to '80s bands like the Fixx, Naked Eyes, and Roxy Music. This type of music ultimately inspired Clear Static's maturation into a stylish band that boasted a high-fashion attitude and retro-rock sound with a modern twist.