Armstead was founded in 2014 by Jonathan Armstead (vocals, guitar), Matthew Garcia (bass guitar), Craig Kleiman (drums, percussion) and Marquise Jones (saxophone). Future additions to the band would include Julian Ayacanoo (saxophone) and Alex Neal (lead guitar). What started as an impromptu get together for a Battle of the Bands, led to half a decade of performing all across the state of Texas. Their blend of rock, funk, and singer/songwriter-driven melodies make them one of DFW's most unique musical groups. Armstead released their first EP in 2016 and a second EP in 2018, with more new music in the works.