The North Phoenix, AZ, emocore quartet Reubens Accomplice consists of Jeff Bufano (guitar, vocals), Andy Eames (bass), Chris Corak (guitar, vocals), and Jim Knapp (drums). Formed in the mid-'90s, the band honed their act by booking and promoting their own shows (which led to opening spots with such similarly styled bands as Brainiac, Jimmy Eat World, Karate, Pedro the Lion, and the Promise Ring), as well as self-issuing their own 7" singles. In 2000, Reubens Accomplice began working on a full-length debut for Better Looking Records but had to put the project on hold several times until its release in September 2001. I Blame the Scenery features guest appearances by such friends/admirers as pedal steel player John Rauhouse of Calexico, Giant Sand, Niko Case, Jim Adkins from Jimmy Eat World, as well as DJ Radar. The Bull, The Balloon and The Family appeared three years later.