Punk revival band the Bullys were organized by guitarist and songwriter Johnny Heff of Rockaway, Queens, New York, in 1997. Other members included singer Joey Lanz, guitarist Walt Stack, bassist Todd Feyh, drummer Gerry Tuohy, and rhythm guitarist Danny Nez. The band self-released its debut album, Stomposition, in 1998 and followed in 1999 with Tonight We Fight Again. While playing in clubs in the New York City area, the bandmembers also maintained jobs outside music to earn a living. Heff was a firefighter who answered the call to go to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and lost his life there. After his death, the Bullys considered disbanding, but ended up deciding to go on and dedicate every performance to their fallen leader. They released their third album, BQE Overdrive, in 2006.