The band started as a combination of two different bands that attended the same church (Riverlakes Church). Black, Johnson and Short were in a band called The Last Of Us with Jonny Buell and Lewis Conger. Gray had been in a band called the Curves. Buell left the Last of Us and the remaining members wanted to continue playing. Gray had finished playing with the Curves and joined in with the Last of Us under the new name Vow and Volition. Vow and Volition initially played frequently live as a post hardcore band attempting to fuse metal, punk and emo. The band had difficulty hiring a vocalist that could do the screaming and singing vocals Conger desired the band to have. Unable to find a good vocalist, the band began to have disagreements in the direction and style of music they would write. Conger, the chief song writer at the time, was hard to work with and eventually left the band over musical differences and self admitted “immaturity. ” The band decided to continue and Gray stepped in as the vocalist and changed their name to Lost Ocean. The band began writing pop and rock material with Gray’s voice excellently lending itself to the music. The band went on to small success and eventually a record contract.