C.O.C.O. is the result of two funk-loving roommates, Olivia Ness (vocals, bass) and Chris Sutton (vocals, drums), deciding to create something new out of their love for the old-school grooves of Sly & the Family Stone, the Meters, and E.S.G. Sutton had already been playing bass for Dub Narcotic Sound System for a few years when he and Ness formed C.O.C.O. in 2000. Ness, meanwhile, had only taught herself to play bass a year before (and had previously put those newfound skills to use in now-defunct local band Decoy Decoy). The two instantly became part of a longstanding musical tradition in Olympia, WA -- no, not just the independent-minded D.I.Y. spirit that permeates the state capitol -- but the tradition of the duo as practiced by such K notables as Kicking Giant, the Softies, and the Need.