Rising out of the Boston indie rock scene that earlier spawned their chief influences the Pixies, Orbit's brand of punky, poppy alternative rock was initially the product of a power trio: guitarist/vocalist Jeff Robbins, bassist Mark Brookner, and drummer Paul Buckley. They got together in early 1994 and started playing around the Boston area, and drummer Buckley soon formed his own record label, Lunch. After several smaller releases, Orbit issued their full-length debut, La Mano, on Lunch in 1995. Brookner played his last show with the band late that year and was replaced by Wally Gagel, by which time Orbit was starting to build a following on the indie scene. Eventually, the buzz grew to the point where A&M offered them a contract.