Beautiful Bodies developed as a band while the members resided in different countries. Becker, a Harvard-educated human rights lawyer, was living in Bolivia, suing the former president for massacring protestors. Solombrino and Arana were based out of the United States, where they had previously played in bands together. Becker began demoing music with Solombrino, sending tracks back and forth via email, when one of the songs they recorded, "You're a Risk," was picked up by alternative rock station KRBZ and spread to other regional college and alternative stations, garnering label attention for the band. In response to the widespread label interest, industry magazine HITS Daily Double referred to Beautiful Bodies as "one the biggest unsigned stories of the moment. "