Although based in Los Angeles, the shoegaze/indie rock band Foreign Born actually formed several hundred miles north, where singer Matt Popieluch moved in with guitarist Lewis Pesacov after both friends graduated from San Francisco State University in 2003. A jam session at a friend's going-away party spawned the idea of starting a group, and a few well-received performances around town convinced the duo to seriously pursue the project. They soon added drummer Garrett Ray and bassist Ariel Rechtshaid (Pesacov's high school friend, who had also worked as a vocalist, guitarist, and producer for various bands) and relocated to Los Angeles in the spring of 2004.
One year later, Foreign Born's debut EP In the Remote Woods was released via Star Time Records, followed in 2006 by a self-released limited edition EP (comprising 300 pressed copies) named Loud Times in the Valley. In August 2007, after signing with Dim Mak Records, Foreign Born released their full-length debut, On the Wing Now. (The album had previously been self-released in 2006 with a different track order, and without Dim Mak's support.) Person to Person followed in 2009, marking the band's first effort for Secretly Canadian.