This Detroit-and-Windsor-area trio started out in 1994 as an electronica/rock act. The band released their self-titled debut the following year before releasing The Bomb, a six-song EP. Lead singer and songwriter Joseph Janisse would often get inspiration from various trips to Europe, visiting the cities of Paris and Amsterdam and their art galleries. Rubber Snake continued touring, earning coveted-prize opening slots for Rusty and Big Wreck. In 1998, the band changed their stance somewhat, electing for more of a classic rock feeling on Rocketface. The album received a large amount of airplay on college radio stations and press in alternative rock magazines. With the goal of creating a classic rock album in the vein of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band or Led Zeppelin IV, the band released Ten Shepherds Lost in 2001 on Rubber Records. That same year, Rubber Snake shared the same bill as Oasis and the Black Crowes, and performed opening slots for Train and Matchbox Twenty.