The 27 was formed when Mark Norton and Dave Hanna had an interest in continuing together in a band after their original collaboration in The Ramrods. The group would involve Steve McGuire, Craig Peters, and Terry Fox after The Traitors collapsed. The original four-piece version, featuring Hanna, Norton, McGuire, and Rick Morris on drums, didn’t last long. Hanna says Maguire basically took over the band when he was forced by his parents to take a family vacation. After Hanna was removed/left the band, he joined The Boners. The group also had a falling out with Norton, making The 27 a trio.
The 27 recorded a single for Tremor Records during its time in Detroit before the group moved to New York, changed its name to Pack 9, recorded an album and then disbanded in the early 1980s.