Formed in Greenville, North Carolina, USA, by Chuck Manning (vocals, guitar), John Bateman (guitar), Jim Bury (bass) and Jon Chambliss (drums), this metal outfit took its name from a local expression: ‘It’s a term that people call other people around here - SLAM babies - their primary concerns are Sex, Love and Money. To us it’s a deeper, darker, and more realistic view of what we think everybody’s invisible engine is’. Bateman graduated from Greenville’s highly regarded Art School, after spending much of his life in Columbia, South America. This bred an early interest in both metal and flamenco. He hooked up with the remaining members who were participating in a Ramones -influenced punk band in April 1991. Songwriting within the band is arranged on a democratic principle with each member writing their own parts in isolation, Manning adding the lyrics. This creative process first saw fruition in January 1995 with the release of a self-titled debut album for Music For Nations subsidiary Bulletproof Records.
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