Gila Bend formed in Downers Grove, IL in late1993 under the name Double Odd Buck.
Double Odd Buck was vocalist Robert Glen Fogarty (ex. Ivy League, Sleepy Bear, and Smug), guitarist Mike Hanyzewski (ex: Black Bear), bassist Eric Kmiec (ex: Trigwater), and drummer Tim Albert. As Double Odd Buck, the band recorded a 4 song cassette for Liberty Park Recordings and played shows through 1994. In December of 1994, due to the exit of Fogarty and a house fire that destroyed almost all of the band's equipment, Hanyzewski, Kmiec, and Albert formed Gila Bend with bassist / songwriter Basil Shadid. Kmiec switched to guitar.