Tim Presley of White Fence and Cate Le Bon were both well-regarded neo-psych recording artists in their own right when they decided to team up under the name DRINKS. Both had moved to Los Angeles, Presley from San Francisco and Le Bon from Wales in 2013 to record her Mug Museum album, and lived in the same Highland Park area. Le Bon also joined the White Fence live band, so it seemed natural for the pair to collaborate on a new project. Renting out a downtown L.A. studio space and bringing in White Fence drummer Nick Murray, the duo explored the more experimental nature of their respective styles. Neither artist was allowed to bring a finished song to the sessions and a great deal of time was devoted to just playing guitar until something sounded good. The resulting album was titled Hermits on Holiday and released by Presley's Birth Records label in August of 2015.