hailed from Atlanta, GA, where vocalist Jordan Williams and bassist Lee met as high schoolers. The duo became Minus
after uniting with guitarist Dustin and drummer Matt, and was soon struggling for gigs in the competitive Atlanta club and house party scene. Internet exposure led to a performance (alongside another young group, Incubus
) on the short-lived TV show Farmclub; it was also around this point that threatened legal action persuaded Minus
to add a period and "Driver" to its name. The newly christened Minus.Driver
was then snapped up by Universal in November 2002 and promptly sent to L.A., where the group recorded a five-song EP. A Message for You
was issued in August 2003, and showcased the band's surging blend of post-hardcore dynamics.