Psychedelic Breakfast is unabashedly a fifth-generation jam band. Formed in East Haven, CT, in 1998, the quartet's early set lists featured numerous tunes by classic rock artists, including the Doors, Pink Floyd, the Allman Brothers Band, Frank Zappa, Santana, and others. All of these influences are present in the band's original material, which mixes progressive rock tactics with often silly lyrics (and indisputable predilection toward Phish, especially in the guitar work of Tim Palmieri).
The band self-released their first album, Psychedelic Breakfast, in 2000. A quartet of songs off the release were picked up by MTV to use as incidental music during their Undressed show. The band spent most of 2000 and 2001 touring, building up a small following while playing bars and small clubs around the East Coast and opening for such acts as Amfibian, Max Creek, Deep Banana Blackout, and others. In March 2001, they recorded their second album, Deuce, which was released by Sonance Records.