Secret Band formed in Sacramento, California between Dance Gavin Dance members Will Swan, Jon Mess, and Matthew Mingus, and former bass guitarist Eric Lodge. In 2013, Lodge departed from the band, leading to former Dance Gavin Dance touring bassist Jordan McCoy to pursue bass. In 2014, Martin Bianchini joined the band as the second guitarist.
In an interview with The Aquarian, Swan described the band as "a little side project that I do double guitar work on and then it’s just our bass player, our screamer and our drummer." He continued, "It’s pretty much overall without Jonny Craig. We just decided to do just a little side project for fun."