Minimalist rap-rock and political agitation are Ross Golan's modus operandi. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, began playing piano at five years old, and left the Windy City when he was 18 to find more fertile musical territory in Los Angeles. He ended up in East L.A., where he met drummer Bryan Head and bass player Billy Mohler. With a lyrical focus on left-wing politics and music steeped in the Beastie Boys and Sublime, the three recorded their debut album, Reagan Baby, with producer Marvin Etzioni in 2003. The album was released on Insider in 2004.