No Presents for Christmas formed in 1989 and quickly evolved from a college circuit favorite into a sought-after local act, headlining at music venues throughout the mid-Atlantic. Their catchy original songs feature churning electric guitars and driving rhythms and pop stylings that hint at U2, Matthew Sweet, the Beatles, the Cure, and Prince. The band made two CDs with producer John Grant. In 1991, its debut release, "Unify," was named one of the "best in local music" by Maryland Musician magazine. Its follow-up, "Pearls Before Swine," was released to critical acclaim in 1993.