As vocalist/guitarist John Engelbert somewhat sheepishly admitted in Johnossi's first online bio, "We're not one of those bands that has been struggling in a basement for ten years, dying to catch a break. Things came easily for us." Indeed, after Engelbert and drummer Oskar "Ossi" Bonde formed the pop/rock duo in their native Stockholm, Sweden, in 2004, they played only four gigs before signing with a local label and recording a debut album. Although Engelbert played an acoustic guitar exclusively, his arsenal of effects and overdriven amplifiers put Johnossi in the same stylistic ballpark as other guitar-and-drum duos like the Black Keys, White Stripes, and Mr. Airplane Man.