Liam and Chris, while influenced by dance music and, in particular, the rigour
of dance production, were keen to express a more song-based music. To this aim
they recorded a series of demos with Chris singing.
Those songs were written by Liam and Chris, and a childhood friend called Ian
They would eventually become Becoming X. Kelli was recruited at this point to
sing, because it was felt that at this stage, the nature of these songs would
probably suit a female vocal. Chris also felt he hadn't reached the level of
confidence that he now has.
This first record became Sneaker Pimps and at this stage it was regarded as a
short-term project, that would be one of many. This was reflected by the small
initial run of albums.
We viewed it as a record you selfishly release for only a few thousand copies,
rather than half a million international records.
Dave and I were then asked to join on a more permanent basis when it looked
like touring and live performances were unavoidable. David had in fact
supplied drums on Becoming X whereas I had helped design the sleeves for the
first Frisk release and had been part of the DJ wing of the organisation,
playing test pressings of records Liam and Chris had just finished.
The five of us then quickly found that a huge momentum had gathered behind the
record, particularly in America. This forced us into 18 months of on/ off
touring, which we were never really prepared for. We quickly fell into a
lifestyle that was both rock star cliché and rock star casualty.
It was difficult for the band to keep a realistic perspective when we were
sharing lift journeys with Donald Trump and the Wu Tang Clan. We came back
into England fed up with everything and everyone. Instead of taking a break,
we moved Line Of Flight studio from the Northeast to London.
One of our strengths was that the band was never tied to any particular
location. Other bands bored the nation with their loyalty to being from
Glasgow, Manchester, Bristol or London, but we had no geographical base. Liam
was from Hartlepool, Chris from Middlesborough, David from Newton Abbot, and I
This was important to us because we wanted to absorb any musical style or
direction we wanted.
With a new studio we wanted to start the second album, but as soon as we
started we also realised that we wanted Chris to sing on it. He was now ready
so the band returned to it's core of Joe, Dave, Chris and Liam. We knew that
like the first record it had to rely on the four of us as producers, and on no
We had no external influence. The world seemed to not understand what we were
doing by replacing Kelli, but we four and Ian the co-lyricist felt we could
make a more open and direct LP. This has a much more organic feel, and this is
due to us making the sounds from scratch, from the smallest beep to the
shortest beat. It was produced by Line Of Flight, who consist of me, Dave,
Chris and Liam. This record took just one year to produce and is born from a
period of terrible frustration with the world and the music industry.
It is a record where you can see the ends of our nerves, rather than the
perfect skin above.
And that's what I done on my summer holidays. It was great and then we went