Jeremy Hernandez and Max Bechard moved to Austin, Texas in fall 2001 to create a new musical outlet for Jeremy's songwriting and Max's passion for music. They teamed up with Myke Bingham and Sean Cockrell to form NearMiss in winter of 2002. Inspired by Fugazi, Minor Threat, Quicksand, and Faith No More, NearMiss carefully crafts their punk melodic hardcore sound by filling it out with vocal harmonies, crunchy guitar riffs and amazing punk rock drumming.
The 4 piece took a do-it-yourself approach to the business and set out touring across the US and Canada. With the help from some friends and the support of their new fans they found themselves headlining and sharing stages with bands such as Sum 41, Gob, The Vandals, Goldfinger, Story Of The Year, Yellowcard, Mest, The Distillers and Down By Law.
Their hard work paid off and the Austin based NearMiss was welcomed into Fearless Records based in Orange County, California. Their freshman album The Gentle Art Of Making Enemies debuted in July 2002 and has sold over 7,000 copies to date. The album was quickly championed by Austin's Modern Rock 101X, where the band remains a station favorite. The year also brought a change in line up when they lost Sean who has yet to be replaced.
Throughout 2003 and 2004 the band continued to tour aggressively and made their first appearance on the Vans Warped Tour. Their hearting pounding performances earned the guys a spot on the 2004 warped compilation which pressed and distributed over 500,000 copies in the US and Canada.
Now a part of Takeover Records Family the band's potential is limitless and holds a promising future in 2006. Their first release on Takeover was a 3 way split with The Matches (Epitaph) and Reeve Oliver (The Militia Group) which hit the stores everwhere June 28th. NearMiss is due to release a new full-length on Takeover by the title "Testing The Ends Of What They'll Put Up With" on May the 2nd 2006, so keep your eyes open for that.