Suicide Silence was founded in 2002 at Riverside, California. At the time, it was a side project made up of musicians from other bands. Their first live show was performed locally in Riverside, with a line-up consisting of Chris Garza (guitar), Rick Ash (guitar), Mike Bodkins (bass), Josh Goddard (drums) and vocalists Mitch Lucker and Tanner Womack. Despite being fired soon after, Womack's vocals appeared on the band's 2003 Death Awaits demo. After Death Awaits was completed, the band began recording a second demo, which was released in 2004 and contained the song "Stand Strong" with Lucker's vocals instead of Womack's. It was by this time, the band members began committing more time to Suicide Silence. Soon after, they recorded and released their first studio effort; a self-titled EP that was released in 2005. It was initially released by Third Degree Records, and later re-released in the UK through In at the Deep End Records. 2006 marked the departure of drummer Josh Goddard, who was replaced by Alex Lopez (ex-guitarist for Blacheart Eulogy and The Funeral Pyre).