Caged Heat emerged in Boston, in 1997, commanded by the guitar, vocal, and harmonica gifting of Jill Kurtz. Playing rousing sounds of punk rock inspired by blues music, Heat suffered plural lineup changes, only maintaining its lead singer and founder. Kurtz, previously a member of Ashera, initially gathered a group including bassist Kate Fred and drummer Chris Negrette. This version of the outfit was together for a short period, nevertheless, they managed to record various themes. Lee Zoumas (guitar), Chris Ando (bass), and Scott Hansen (drums) embodied a new ensemble shortly after, ultimately recording several themes and playing a considerable number of concerts. In 1999, Heat finally managed to record their debut album, Serious Action, delivered by Ruff Stuff Records. Produced by Rob Ignazio, the disc gained significant airplay on New England's radio stations, and underlined the crew's unblemished sounds. During the following period, Kyle Keenan joined in as lead guitarist, just before Kurtz decided to dedicate some more of her time to a solo career. In spite of Kurtz's choice, Caged Heat continued playing as a full band, with the contributions of Dustin Brown, Aaron Gill, and Devon Irish.