New Jersey's Socratic featured vocalists/guitarists Duane Okun and Kevin Bryan, percussionist Tom Stratton, bassist Adam Swider, and pianist Vincent D'Amico. The band issued the EP It's Getting Late through No Milk in 2002, then jumped to Drive-Thru for the September 2005 full-length Lunch for the Sky. The album was filled with Socratic's earnest take on emo-pop, a piano- and vocal-heavy sound in the vein of acts like the Early November or the New Amsterdams. Shows were played with acts like Small Towns Burn a Little Slower, Tokyo Rose, and the Forecast before the guys released the EP Just Turn for free online download in late 2006. The band returned to the studio in 2007 to work on Spread the Rumors, which was released in May 2008.