Combining a love of atmospheric ambient sounds and pulsating high energy pop music, lifelong friends Matt McGuire and Will Walden created the band StaG in hopes to achieve a blend of intensity and lushness. StaG started in the summer of 2008 after relocating from Los Angeles, CA to Boulder, CO for college. Using a dorm room as their recording studio, the two began experimenting with ambient and noise music using laptops and a tiny guitar amp. The two wrote and recorded their first record Rifle Meeker in May, 2011, an album about their transition from California to Colorado. British blog This Music Wins said, 'The melodies drift with a distant spiritual grandeur, evoking at times such a grey and colourless cloud, but other times a rich gold and red as these compositions climax,'in naming Rifle Meeker the number 48 album on their year ends list.