Eat Static was formed in 1989 by Merv Pepler and Joie Hinton as a creative outlet for the diverse range of electronic music that the pair were writing. Always intended as a live band, Eat Static can legitimately claim to be one of the UK's first live techno outfits, cutting their teeth at many of the 'orbital' raves of the early 90's. They appeared 3 times at the legendary Rage nights playing alongside names such as Carl Cox, Fabio and Grooverider as well as playing at early incarnations of Universe and Tribal Gathering.
Playing many of their formative gigs at hardcore raves around the UK, Eat Static quickly developed a spectacular live show that included a huge lightshow ,a giant illuminated brain and a loyal following quickly formed, with the crowds realising that dance could be performed live at a time when 'live' performances by other bands were often mimed PA's. Eat Static were always reknown to have that same energy as the traditional rock bands had had for decades and have continued to stay true to that live spirit to this day...
Since that time Eat Static have played hundreds of gigs in the UK, Europe,the USA (touring with Moby and BT) and the Far East. These shows included a number of appearances at The Eclipse, the opening night of the long running London techno club Eurobeat 2000 and appearances at all the big UK and European festivals including Glastonbury and Dance Valley in Amsterdam.
After a while, tiring of how the rave scene was turning into a battleground of musical genre's, gangster wars and the majority of acts standing around and miming, they felt it was time to bring dance music into an album environment...
In 1991 Eat Static released three singles and the cassette album 'Prepare Your Spirit' on their own Alien Records label before signing to Planet Dog Records in 1993. The album 'Abduction' was Eat Static's first release for Planet Dog in 1993 and Eat Static ended the year on a high note when the 'Lost In Time' EP was voted Single of the Week in the UK's Melody Maker magazine and when they were voted Best Dance Act in the NME readers poll.
Eat Static's second album 'Implant' was released in 1994 and it reached number 9 in the national album charts, combined with a furious touring schedule, made more and more people very aware of the band. The 'Epsylon EP' was released in 1995 and again saw Eat Static headline both dance stages at the UK's Phoenix and Glastonbury festivals as well as headlining the sell-out 'Decadog' - Megadog's two day tenth anniversary show at London's Brixton Academy. In 1996 'Bony Incus' was released and proved so popular that it should have entered the UK's Top 40 had not a quirk of fate occurred that saw the single enter the UK single charts AND album charts at the same time.
1997 saw the release of 'Hybrid' - their most popular single release so far featuring remixes by PFM, Dave Angel, The Infinity Project and Yum Yum. 'Hybrid' reached 41 in the UK singles chart missing that elusive Top 40 place by 60 sales. After a summer of festivals and recording and a visit to the USA, Eat Static released the single 'Interceptor' on an unsuspecting public. Much more of an outlandish drum and bass excursion, the video for 'Interceptor' features footage from the 'Conquest Earth' computer game which Eat Static have provided the soundtrack for. 'Interceptor' was the first single from the third album 'Science of the Gods' which was released in mid October 1997.