Dead Vampires started performing in January of 2004 as a stripped-down punk two-piece drum & synthesizer instrumental act. Soon after, three new members helped "flesh out" the unique sound by adding a Theremin, Guitar, and Vocals to the mix. The sound was described as "The Misfits getting into a fistfight with Devo". By mid year, the band had already gained a small but loyal following in the underground Seattle music scene. They released a vinyl 7 inch Split with Boris The Sprinkler on Dirtnap Records in the winter of 2004.