Greenwheel is an American alternative metal band formed by friends Ryan Jordan , Brandon Armstrong, Andrew Dwiggins, Douglas Randall, and Mark Wanninger in 1999. A close friend/relative, Jamison Clifford Kane, would also play intermittently from the band's formation until 2006. The band was formed in St. Charles, Missouri in a local record shop. This group of high school bandmates were originally called Hindsight before changing their name to Soma Holiday. They released a self titled album that same year which garnered them local attention. After this brief period, they went underground, performing only occasionally. In 2000, the group renamed themselves Greenwheel and released a four song demo and began performing at various venues in New York City before they were signed by Island Records.
Greenwheel worked with producer Jim Wirt in early 2004 on 16 new songs for a second full-length release on Island Records. The tentative name of the record was Electric Blanket, but it never came out since the band parted ways with the label in 2004. The band made the unreleased tracks available through a media player on their official website. The band has expressed interest at their shows that fans distribute the CD amongst themselves if they don't have a copy, and the band provides burned copies of the disc for free at their shows.
After parting ways with Island, the band remixed and remastered their first independent self-titled release, and they re-released it to the public in 2005. While it shared the same name as their first major-label release, it actually consisted of a completely different track lineup with the exception of "Drowning Man" and "Louder Than Words," which appear on both releases.