The Soft Underground was formed in New York City by drummer, Andrew McCarty and guitarist, Charlie Hickey, after they met at music school. The two bonded over their enthusiasm of bands like The Smashing Pumpkins and My Bloody Valentine. After many gigs playing under different incarnations of the band, the duo eventually recruited vocalist, Brannon Barnett, before beginning work on their debut album, Lost in Translation.
Throughout 2014, the band split their time between New Jersey and Tennessee to record and mix the album, and released their debut single, "Limousine", in December. Doug McCausland of Alternative Nation wrote of the single, "the band definitely has a knack for writing rock songs with hooks, as evident in their track "Limousine", which I could see as a potential radio single."
On October 30, 2015, The Soft Underground released their debut record, Lost in Translation to positive critical review. Indie Blog Nation said, "every minor detail was perfected; great production and flow," while Dayz of Purple and Orange wrote that the band, "have provided enough variation in one album that would see other bands through a career."