Tatum Russo and Drew Norris met when Drew tried out for a band which, almost immediately after he joined, fell apart. Out of the ashes of that experience rose a tentative collaboration, with Drew sending Tatum piano recordings of song ideas and hooks, and Tatum writing lyrics and melody lines. The two eventually put together enough songs to release an EP (Passing Notes) under the name Prep Rally in January of 2018, with Drew lending extra instrumentation and production and Tatum adding searing flute solos. Since then, they have been playing all over Denver and the surrounding area and have garnered local radio play. Their music has been compared to bands like Vallis Alps and Vampire Weekend (if Ezra Koenig were female), and was described as “perfect for an after-the-shower dance party in your room to brighten up your day” by 303 Magazine.