The post-punk duo AM/FM was formed by inspiring musician perfectionist Brian Sokel. Having played in bands such as Franklin, he joined forces with the Science Of's Michael Parsell (Frail, Goodbye Blue Monday) so Sokel's lush acoustics could fully take life with added guitars, keyboards, and percussion. Audiot was AM/FM's debut, issued on the Skylab label, but Multilate Us marked the band's first proper release, which was issued on Polyvinyl Records in March 2001. In October of the same year, Getting Into Sinking became the second widely released album from the group. Keeping up their quick release rate, The Sky is the New Ground came out the following year on Polyvinyl.