Rob Crow's Gloomy Place was founded in 2015 by man-of-a-thousand-bands Rob Crow (Pinback, etc.), with a debut album, You’re Doomed. Be Nice, released in February 2016 via Temporary Residence. Crow recorded the album by himself in his room, taught it to a band, and brought it to producer/engineer Ben Moore at Singing Serpent Studios.
“I’ve never been able to have a record that sounds like my live shows as a solo artist,” Crow told the Reader. “I enjoy it — there is a lively sense to it, and there’s a lot of energy.”
Crow subsequently toured to support the album with bassist Tony Gidlund (Fever Sleeves), guitarist Travis Nelson (Heavy Vegetable, Other Men), drummer Greg Sudor (Ghetto Blaster), and keyboardist Chris Fulford Brown (Singing Serpent).