Hidden Driveways formed in the late 1990's in the wake of the break-up of Syrup USA. Sam Mallery had been playing bass and singing with Syrup USA since he and Seana Carmody of Swirlies formed the group in 1993. Syrup USA was founded on a shared love of shoegazer walls of noise, and an obsessive pursuit of pop.
After years of touring and a successful debut album, Syrup USA called it quits in 1998. However, in his spare time Sam had formed Hidden Driveways as a side project and they started playing shows immediately. They played a number of shows in Boston, including opening up for Black Heart Procession at The Middle East.
In 2000 Sam moved to New York City in hopes of finding a real job, but instead found an amazing band. Shortly after arriving he met drummer Kristin Mueller and bassist Chris Hall, and they soon started playing shows around New York. In a home studio in Sam and Kristin's apartment they slowly produced the recordings that are featured on the new full length album Electrique Fence Tambourines.