Formed in the Toronto area, the Sin-Tones mix an eclectic blend of instrumental surf rock, rockabilly, and tinges of country to produce a wholesome sound. Much like fellow Canadian instrumentalists Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, the band was founded by lead singer and guitarist Michael Hussey. Hussey, a produced playwright and drama teacher at Ryerson University, grew up listening to the likes of Johnny Cash as a child. But his career path changed after listening to a Dick Dale record and watching the motion picture Pulp Fiction with its surf rock soundtrack. The band has scored and appeared in some films as well as appearing on Canadian variety shows. In 2000, the band released their self-titled debut album.