Permission to Breathe formed in 1995, in Los Angeles, as a three-piece band consisting of Bryan Boussard (vocals, bass), Erle McCan III (vocals, guitar), and Matt Webb (drums). Composing melodious pop themes joined with original rock features, the trio started gaining a considerable following, due to their intense live performances. Their exhilarating rock pieces also gained extensive airplay at radio stations all across the California area. The following year they signed a deal with Solid Discs Records, recording what turned out to be the trio's self-titled debut album, issued in October 1996. Opening shows for bands like Third Eye Blind and Jars of Clay, Breathe continuously dedicated themselves to promoting their creation live on stage.