The band forms in Los Angeles in 2006, playing their first shows at The Smell, L.A.’s legendary DIY venue, which also hosts some of the earliest performances by No Age, Mika Miko and Abe Vigoda. "We just sat in a dark room with no windows and tried to figure out how to write a song,” HEALTH’s former member Jupiter Keyes says of the band’s early days. "Through a process of tug-of-war and cooperation, we started building these weird songs together.”
HEALTH release their self-titled debut album in 2007, recorded during a sweltering summer locked inside The Smell. Pitchfork raves that the self mixed, self produced album "mixes the bombastic pound of Boredoms, the skewed structures of Deerhoof, the tribal thump of Liars, and even the synth squirts of Black Dice and Excepter.” This is followed by HEALTH//DISCO (2008) HEALTH curates artists & producers to remix their songs to construct a cohesive album featuring Crystal Castles, Nosaj Thing, and Pictureplane.
HEALTH release their second full-length, GET COLOR, in 2009. The Los Angeles Times says the album "affirms that there is still ground left to break in modern music." NY Times writes "HEALTH are high-impact minimalists, building patterns from barbed and brutal sounds...re-examining the art-punk legacy of the 1980s with fresh ambitions and youthful impatience.”
In 2010 the band releases ::DISCO2. Accomplishing the rare feat of having not one but two critically received remix records. In addition to featuring tracks by Salem, Tobacco, and Gold Panda the album leads with original single USA BOYS.
In 2012 HEALTH are sought out by Rockstar Games' (creators of Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption etc.) to compose the score for Max Payne 3. In addition to scoring the entire project they write TEARS, an original song that takes center stage during the games’ final level. The soundtrack is universally lauded within the gaming community, receiving rapturous reviews, as well as nominations for Best Score and Song at the Spike Video Game awards. Top video gaming blog Kotaku writes "The game is relentless, always pushing forward, and underscoring every blood-drenched shootout and explosive set piece is HEALTH's undulating, astonishing soundtrack.”
HEALTH then release DEATH MAGIC which is unlike any other music the band has recorded previously. "It’s bigger than anything we’ve done before but still uniquely our sound,” says HEALTH’s John Famiglietti. "We wanted to make an album that felt modern and intense and heavy,” adds Jake Duzsik. DEATH MAGIC features a collaboration with renowned producer/artist The Haxan Cloak on opening track "VICTIM”. DEATH MAGIC embraces the classic, possibly dying art of album making, but injects it with dark new sounds and vision. "We want people to be taken on an emotional rollercoaster when they hear the record as a whole,” explains Jupiter Keyes.
HEALTH release the third installment of their remix series begun in 2008, DISCO3, on February 17 2017. HEALTH continue the tradition of curating and collaborating with musicians they admire, including Purity Ring, The Haxan Cloak, Vessel and more. HEALTH have reversed the conversations of the dance floor ready remix album with this dark and more experimental counterpoint. "But because every remix record needs bangers, we wrote 3 new songs”
– Jake Duzsik of HEALTH.