hey released their first album, Everything Goes Numb, which was distributed by Victory Records, on August 26, 2003. The band headlined their first concert at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey on December 9, 2003. Several of Streetlight Manifesto's members were well known in the New Jersey third wave ska community for their roles in past ska punk bands from that area. The lineup included Catch 22's Tomas Kalnoky, Jamie Egan, Mike Soprano, and Josh Ansley, as well as One Cool Guy's Stuart Karmatz, Pete Sibilia, Dan Ross, and Chris Paszik.
Although the band has enjoyed no mainstream commercial success, they have received acclaim in alternative music circles, and their debut album was in Interpunk.com's top 100 items, even three years after its release. Their concerts have often sold out, and their first few shows at Rutgers and The Stone Pony not only sold out, but had fans coming from as far away as Minnesota and Canada. Their second album, Keasbey Nights, a reworking of Catch 22's Keasbey Nights was released on March 7, 2006.