No one seems to take Tinder seriously. If not for the popular app, though, this band never would have existed. Luke Dierker and Morgan Manson met up to sing together after talking on Tinder once the two had "swiped right" on one another. As it turned out, one pass through Poison and Wine by The Civil Wars was all they needed to know they wanted to pursue music together.
As the writing continued and the events emerged, Dierker and Manson collaborated with several other musicians in recording their first EP. The group featured Catherine Sandstedt on viola, Andrew Weiss on electric guitar, and Ethan Sellers on drums. By the end of March 2014, the five had finished "One Swipe Right," recording and mastering it at Sawhorse Studios in St. Louis. They uploaded their songs online for streaming and joined ArtistSignal, a worldwide music competition awarding $10,000 to the Top Artist each month. After a few days on the site, A Simple Exchange was overjoyed to be recognized as a "Staff Pick." The four were also nominated for Inside Columbia Magazine's Best of Columbia 2015, being recognized as one of the Top Ten Best Bands of Columbia.
After Sellers and Weiss had to move on, Daniel Blake was added on drums, and the group released their first full length album, What We've Become, in February of 2016. Three months later, Morgan and Luke were married, and relocated to Austin, TX in June.