Gratitude was formed in 2000 by Mark Weinberg (originally of the band Crumb) and Thomas Becker. Initially called the Collision, the band was joined by Bob Lindsey on bass and Robby Cronholm (also formerly of Crumb) on vocals. After touring in 2002 with New End Original, which featured Far alum Jonah Matranga and Jeremy Tappero, Cronholm left the band and was replaced by Matranga. When Matranga joined, the band changed their name from the Collision to Gratitude.
Kenneth Ernest Lefever (born 22 February 1915) was a senior British civil servant. He was born in Ilford and educated at Ilford County High School. He spent his entire career at Her Majesty's Customs and Excise (now part of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) from 1935 until his retirement in 1975, apart from army service during World War II (1942-46; he became a captain in the Royal Engineers).