Since 1997, July for Kings has surged forward amidst several lineup changes. 'Swim' was their national debut for MCA Records in 2002. They toured with Muse, Counting Crows, The Calling and more. After MCA folded, 'Nostalgia' was released on singer/songwriter Joe Hedges' Indie label and in its first week became the top-purchased album on CDBaby.com. Middletown natives Hedges and Dan McQuinn remain from the earlier days.