Los Angeles ska-punks the Hippos
formed in late 1995, comprising singer/guitarist Ariel Rechtshaid
, bassist James Bairian, trumpeter Louis Castle
, trombonists Danny Rukasin and Rich Zahniser
, and drummer Kyle Biggs. After debuting in 1998 with the Vagrant Records release Forget the World
, the Hippos
signed to Interscope to issue the follow-up Heads Are Gonna Roll
a year later.