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The Beautiful Bodies originally formed as a side-project. Becker, a Harvard educated human rights lawyer, was living in Bolivia, suing the former president for massacring protestors. While there, he and Solombrino began demoing songs, sending tracks back and forth via email. One of the songs they recorded, "You're a Risk," was picked up by modern rock station KRBZ and spread to other regional college and alternative stations, garnering label attention for the band. Industry magazine HITS Daily Double referred to the Beautiful Bodies as "One the biggest unsigned stories of the moment."
The Beautiful Bodies have shared the stage with various alternative and punk bands, including The Smashing Pumpkins, My Chemical Romance, Jane's Addiction, Paramore, and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. They have played festivals, such as Warped Tour, Kanrocksas, and SXSW, and have toured the U.S. and Canada, most recently with Goldfinger and Reel Big Fish. The band's music has been featured on television programs and in commercials, such as Kansas City Chiefs advertisements, and at sports and fashion events, such as New York Fashion Week.