Other Lives formed as an instrumental project in 2004 under the name Kunek. Based in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Kunek (who eventually added vocals to the mix) released one album (Flight of the Flynns) for Play Tyme Records in 2006 before making the transition to the similarly themed Other Lives. The group's eponymous debut album was produced and recorded by drummer/engineer Joey Waronker (Walt Mink, Beck, R.E.M.) and released in late 2008. After getting a boost by having songs appear on Grey's Anatomy, the band released its second album, Tamer Animals, in May of 2011 for TBD Records. Other Lives gained additional attention in 2012, opening for one leg of an American tour by Radiohead and also appearing at the Coachella Festival. An EP, Mind the Gap, appeared later that year, and the band prepared its second album, Rituals, for a 2015 release.