Between working and touring with Karate, Geoff Farina co-founded the Secret Stars with Jodi Buonanno in 1993. The music of the duo was much more folk oriented (originally conceived with the sole intent of writing love songs for the founders' friends) and often found Farina playing acoustic guitar. The Secret Stars themselves would come to be a loose collective of musicians involved in the east coast indie scene, including notables such as Ted Leo and George Hall. Farina stayed active with both groups seeing the release of numerous Karate and Secret Stars records, mostly available through Southern Records. In 1998 Geoff Farina released his first solo effort, Usonian Dream Sequence, that found a middle ground between the electric rock of Karate and the romantic folk influence of the Secret Stars.