This much I know: Hannah Hooper (painter) meets Christian Zucconi (singer/guitarist) at his performance in LA, and invites him to go to an artist residency in Crete. There they meet Andrew Wessen (surfer/guitarist), Ryan Rabin (drummer/producer and friends with Wessen) & Sean Gadd (songwriter/guitarist). A year later, they saved up some dough, went back to LA and made some awesome music.
I got into them in high school and haven't stopped listening. Get on this.