Coffin Problem had its first gasp of breath as the bedroom recording project of Sean Stearns (Shores, Haunted Leather [RIP]), an outlet for Sean to explore the dimensions of songwriting and composition outside of the regimens of the aforementioned projects. After releasing a stripped down collection of songs on 1980 Records in 2014, Sean began seeking other musicians to help flesh out his vision.
Sean tapped Billy Bartholomew (Shores) to step in on bass, Trevor Goldner (Heavier Than Air Flying Machines, Ex-Punk) to fulfill additional guitar duties and Ben Weissenborn (Jade TV, Shane Tripp, Stepdad) to play drums. Initial rehearsal sessions began in September of 2015 in a warehouse on the south side of Grand Rapids. After a month and a half of rehearsal, the band stumbled out with a set of songs that are as bruising as they are bright, cavernous as they are cathartic. The sound of Coffin Problem is both abrasive and familiar, like a sick joke told amongst close friends.