Originally called Crippled Youth, the band was formed in Katonah, New York by Matt Warnke (vocals), Tim Brooks (bass) and Drew Thomas (drums). After a couple of shows with Matt singing and playing guitar, they recruited John ‘Zulu’ Zuluaga on guitar, and Matt switched to just singing. They released a 7″ EP entitled ‘Join The Fight’ on the California label New Beginning in 1986 before switching to the name Bold. It was under this name that they recorded the 11-song LP Speak Out. The record was supposed to be released on California’s WishingWell Records, but was eventually released in 1988 on Revelation Records.