Hot Chelle Rae took shape in 2005, balancing the polished sounds of mainstream pop with energized, guitar-heavy dance-rock. Vocalist Ryan Keith Follese, guitarist Nash Overstreet, drummer Jamie Follese, and bassist Ian Keaggy had all grown up in musical households; the former three were raised by A-list Nashville songwriters, while Keaggy's father was a Grammy-nominated guitarist. As a result, the band wasted little time carving out a commercial sound, resulting in a label offer from Jive Records in 2008. Recording quickly commenced on a debut album, with both Butch Walker and Eric Valentine lending their help to the project, and the resulting Lovesick Electric appeared in 2009. The band returned in 2011 with Whatever, which featured a big hit single "Tonight Tonight."