Trailblazing band Chromatics — featured prominently in cultural cinematic touchstones Drive and Twin Peaks — began as a noise-laden, post-punk outfit founded by Adam Miller in Seattle in 2001. They gained an underground following with their 2003 debut Chrome Rats Vs Basement Rutz, which was produced by Johnny Jewel, who in subsequent years would help take them to new heights on his Italians Do It Better label.
After a lineup change, Jewel, one-half of iconoclastic Glass Candy, joined Chromatics and began working closely with Miller on a new, electronic sound. Soon after they added singer Ruth Radelet, as well as Nat Walker on drums and synthesizer, now fully complementing Miller's deftly minimalist guitars with dreamy vocals and atmospheric electronics. Their game-changing 2007 LP Night Drive earned new fans and critical acclaim — Pitchfork called the transition “effortless” and the record “impressive.” Night Drive heavily influenced Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2011 film Drive, with the band's pulsating track “Tick of the Clock” powering the film’s famed opening sequence.
In 2012 Chromatics released the classic album Kill For Love, securing their role as a landscape-defining band and earning a place on many publications' year-end lists, including Pitchfork’s top ten albums of 2012. Gorilla Vs. Bear called Kill For Love their number one album of the year. Various songs fromKill For Love would eventually be featured in television shows such as Mr. Robot, Riverdale, Bates Motel, Gossip Girl, Parenthood, and 13 Reasons Why.