Formed in 1998 by Jason Vena (vocals), Christian McAlhaney (guitar), Kaylan Cloyd (guitar), Ryan Zwiefelhofer (bass) and Nick Radovanovich (drums), this Seattle, Washington-based US alternative rock band spent several years slogging around the north-west gig circuit. Their recording debut, the 2002 EP Lost For Words, was released via the Seattle independent Rocketstar Records. The quality of the songwriting on the EP and its successor Black Lines To Battlefields (released by the California independent The Militia Group) attracted the attention of several major labels and resulted in a contract with Columbia Records. The band worked with the second EPs producer Aaron Sprinkle on their full-length debut, Phantoms, which was released in 2005 to strong reviews but widespread commercial indifference. Acceptance broke up in summer 2006, with McAlhaney going on to play with Christian alternative rock band Anberlin.