California punk band Annihilation Time was formed in late 2001 by guitarist Graham Clise, vocalist Fred Hammer, drummer Jamie Sanitate and bassist Chris Grande. Soon Tony Molino was recruited as second guitar. After playing a few shows and parties around the Ventura County area, Sanitate and Melino switch roles, as each excelled at the other's instrument. This lineup recorded the first Annihilation Time record in 2002. The band then did a US tour with fill-in drummer Clinton Stoggsdale, as Tony was unable get time off from school.