Johnston had been writing songs after the collapse of the Kicks, and invited longtime friends Brown and Mason to help him put them into shape; teaming up with bassist Kelby Ray, the four friends began playing Nashville rock clubs as Bang Bang Bang, and were packing 300-capacity venues within months of their debut. By the end of 2005, Bang Bang Bang had self-released their first album, I Shot the King, and within a year the guys were sharing stages with acts as diverse as O.A.R., Shooter Jennings, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
In 2006, Bang Bang Bang signed a recording deal with Warner Bros. Records; one year later, the band began working on its first album for the label. Before the project was completed, though, the group learned that another band was already recording under the name Bang Bang Bang, and in August 2007 the bandmates announced they would now be known as American Bang. The group released an EP called Move to the Music in October 2007 and continued working on a full album, which eventually arrived in 2010 under the band's new partnership with Reprise. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi