Tagging themselves after a character from the 1982 comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Dave Pino (guitar/vocals), Noelle (vocals/guitar), Vazquez (bass), and Dustin Hengst (drums) comprise the punk-pop group Damone. Pino had been writing songs and making a musical name for himself in and around his native Boston during the late '90s, composing tracks about a girl who dumped him. Within a year or two, he, Hengst, and Vazquez were rocking out in each other's basements. One of their good friends had a sister who was also sketching out her own punk-inspired anthems. Once Pino, Hengst, and Vazquez met the shy, yet vocally confident Noelle, Damone was in full effect. Meshing a skatepunk snarl with crunchy metal licks, Damone inked a deal with RCA in 2002. Joint dates with the Juliana Theory, the Ataris, and Further Seems Forever coincided the spring 2003 release of Damone's debut, From the Attic.