Get Scared is a rock band that emerged out of Layton, UT in 2008 with an alternative, post hardcore sound. After self-releasing its debut EP Cheap Tricks and Theatrics in 2009 and building a solid internet presence, the band began to collect a close-knit fan base and eventually caught the attention of Universal Motown Records. The major label released Get Scared's first studio album Best Kind of Mess, in 2011.
Georgia-based reggae fusion band Passafire was formed in 2003 while its members were still students at Savannah College of Art and Design. Since the 2006 release of its self-titled debut album, Passafire has offered a reggae-rock sound with understated elements of jazz, dub, ska and hard rock. For its fourth studio album Start From Scratch, released in 2011, the band makes use of synthesizers as well as banjo and harmonica tones for a half synthetic and half organic sound.