Originally a recording project between Twin Cities songwriter Martin Devaney and Sean Hoffman, Crossing Guards grew into a live outfit that quickly booked headlining gigs at Twin Cities clubs and festivals, playing to thousands of people over the course of several months. Revenge of the Tall Boys is their debut record, though everyone involved are veterans of the Twin Cities scene. Besides Devaney, the band includes Eric Kassel (The Magnolias), Steve McPherson (Big Trouble), Ryan Otte (Ol' Yeller, National Bird), and Hoffman (Mark Mallman, Faux Jean, Divorcee).