Meatjack was formed in Baltimore by Jason Daniloski (bass, vocals, guitar) and his brother Brian Daniloski (guitar, vocals). Drummer Eric Dixon joined the group later. In the mid to late '90s, Meatjack's songs appeared on various compilations -- and the Daniloski brothers put out some material on 7" vinyl records. But it wasn't until 1999 -- six years after Meatjack's formation -- that the band finally recorded a full-length album.
That year, Meatjack signed with At a Loss Recordings (a small independent label based in Eastlake, CO) and recorded its debut album, Trust. Then, in 2000, the Prank label released a split CD that was divided between Meatjack and the band Damad. It was also in 2000 that "Upstart" (one of the songs from Trust) was used in the John Waters film Cecil B. Demented; the soundtrack also contained songs by artists ranging from Moby to Liberace. In 2003, At a Loss released Meatjack's second full-length album, Days of Fire; 2003 was also the year that marked Meatjack's tenth anniversary.