With their pop stylings amid the Seattle post-grunge scene, the Melody Unit is often regarded as an anomaly within their own city. But the band has held true to their sound while radical changes took place among their lineup. Frontman Kevin Kelly and drummer Mark Salvadalena originally teamed up with three friends as Ursa Minor, securing their first gig with Hoboken, NJ natives Yo La Tengo. Differing priorities soon drew two of the members away, and bassist Tim Kappert was called in to replace them. The four-piece then discovered the name Ursa Minor was in use by a San Francisco act; Kelly suggested "The Melody Union," Kappert, however, heard it as "Unit," and the name stuck.