Eat Static

Eat Static

Eat Static are an electronic music project from England formed in 1989 by Merv Pepler and Joie Hinton. Hinton left the group in February 2008 after 18 years to spend more time with his family.


Merv Pepler and Joie Hinton met as drummer and keyboard player (respectively) for the Ozric Tentacles, a long-standing psychedelic "space-rock" band from Somerset. Although the Ozric Tentacles incorporated elements of electronic music, Pepler and Hinton were drawn towards the rave-oriented dance music. In 1988 they collaborated on a project under the name of Wooden Baby which hinted at early rave and techno sounds as well as numerous other styles, and by 1990, the project had evolved in to Eat Static. Pepler explained: "There we were in Ozrics doing all this technically impressive, weird music with mad timings, and getting really involved with it, and this experiment that became Eat Static was a good excuse to ignore all that, get the synths out, and be as stupid as we could!" [cite web
title = Eat the Beat.
publisher=Sound On Sound Magazine
accessdate = 2006-09-13
] The duo toured in parallel with the Ozric Tentacles for several years until 1994, when they left the band to pursue Eat Static full-time. Pepler and Hinton are often joined in the studio by Eat Static's invisible third member Steve Everitt. Pepler is featured on the 2006 Ozric Tentacles album 'The Floor's Too Far Away', playing percussion on the track 'Armchair Journey'. [cite web
title = Merv on New Ozric's Album.
publisher=Eat Static
accessdate = 2006-07-12

Their first album release, "Abduction", immediately established the extra-terrestrial/U.F.O. obsession which is a running motif in their samples, track and album titles, and release artwork. The band's name is taken from a sample (as found on the track "Eat Static") from .

On 6 February 2008, Merv announced on the Eat Static website that Joie was leaving as "he has had enough of all the travelling and being away from home and family". According to Merv, Joie had "just [been] to one party too many". However, Merv stated that he would continue to perform and produce under the Eat Static name as a solo project. He also hinted that there would be more scope for collaborations in the future.


Although most often associated with the psychedelic trance genre, the band actually span almost all forms of dance music, including trance, techno, gabber, drum and bass, and breakbeat. As such they are well-compared to other hard-to-categorise children of the British rave scene, like The Prodigy, Underworld, Orbital, Aphex Twin and Leftfield.

The electronic elements are frequently mixed with elements of Latin and world music, jazz, which helps to give the band's work its distinctively tongue-in-cheek humour, along with the often kitsch vocal samples from B-Movies and TV.

Despite the quote above, Eat Static are also notable within dance music for their frequent use of time signatures other than 4/4.Fact|date=January 2008

As of 2006, Eat Static continue to tour their live act.

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*Prepare Your Spirit (Alien Records (UK) 1992)


*Inanna (Alien Records (UK) 1991)
*Monkey Man (Alien Records (UK) 1991)
*The Alien E.P. (Alien Records (UK) 1991)
*Dionysiac (Mammouth Records (US) 1995)


*Abduction (Planet Dog Records 1993)
*Lost In Time (Planet Dog Records 1993)
*Implant (Planet Dog Records 1994)
*Epsylon (Planet Dog Records 1995)
*Bony Incus (Planet Dog Records 1996)
*Hybrid (Planet Dog Records 1997)
*Hybrid Remixes (Planet Dog Records 1997)
*Interceptor (Planet Dog Records 1997)
*Interceptor Remixes (Planet Dog Records 1997)
*Science of the Gods (Planet Dog Records 1997)
*Contact (Planet Dog Records 1998)
*Contact Remixes (Planet Dog Records 1998)
*B-World (Planet Dog Records 1998)
*Alien EPs (Mesmobeat Records 1999)
*DecaDance (Mesmobeat Records 1999)
*Crash and Burn! (Mesmobeat Records 2000)
*Mondo A Go-Go! (Memobeat Records 2000)
*Prepare Your Spirit (Mesmobeat Records 2000)
*In The Nude! (Mesmobeat Records 2001)
*Alien Artifacts (Mesmobeat Records 2004)
*De-Classified (Solstice Music International 2007)
*Back to Earth (InterchillRecords 2008)Many of the Planet Dog releases are still available at

Other projects

Eat Static also produced the soundtrack for the RTS game Conquest Earth, published by Eidos Interactive. The game media also contains the music in Red Book audio format, allowing it to be played back in any standalone CD player.

Merv Pepler, one half of Eat Static, released a breakbeat/drum and bass solo project album under the name 'Dendron'. The album was called 'Supernatural Jazz' and was released on their own Mesmobeat label. Pepler also teamed up with Steve Jolliffe of Tangerine Dream to form 'Hi Fi Companions' and released the 2004 album 'Swingers In Paradise' on Twisted Records. This project is often classed under lounge music and has a 1950's feel mixed with modern electronica. Steve Jolliffe had previously teamed up with Eat Static appearing on their 'Crash and Burn!' and 'Science of the Gods' albums. In 2005 Merv Pepler's collaboration with Will White of the Propellerheads, called 'Flexitones', released their debut album 'Joyrider' again through Twisted Records. Will White had previously teamed up with Eat Static on the tracks 'Dervish Funk', appearing on the 'Crash and Burn!' album, as well as on the 'Mondo A Go-Go!' single track 'Wall Banger'. Pepler and White had previously released tracks under the name Champaigne Charlie. Pepler has also teamed up with Shane Thomson and Jamie Nott to from Cosmic Journey Project. Pepler's project with Simon Posford (Hallucinogen, Shpongle) called 'Metal Sharon' has so far released one track, 'Balloon Dance' once again through Twisted Records.

Joie Hinton, the other half of Eat Static, has released an album under the name Nodens Ictus. Hinton teamed up with Ed Wynne from the Ozric Tentacles for this ambient project. The album was called 'Spacelines' and was a collection of tracks recorded earlier in their careers, although it featured two tracks written in 2000. Merv appears in a smaller role on the album and used to play live with Joie and Ed. Joie is also a member of space rock band Dream Machine, together with Ozric fontman Champignon. Joie also plays live with Ozrics Bassplayers Zia's Sideproject ZubZub and plays synths for Here & Now

Steve Everitt, Eat Static's studio based third member, has released two tracks on Planet Dog compilations under the name Alien Progeny and one track 'Mirrorball' under the name Steve Everitt!

Other Album Projects Released -
*Nodens Ictus - Spacelines (Stretchy Records) 2000
*Dendron - Supernatural Jazz (Mesmobeat Records) 2003
*Hi Fi Companions - Swingers In Paradise (Twisted Records) 2004
*Flexitones - Joyrider (Twisted Records) 2005
*Dendron - Untitled (Mesmobeat Records) Coming Soon


External links

* [] - official website
* [ Eat Static's MySpace site]
* [ An interview with Eat Static] in "Sound on Sound" magazine
* [ Planet Dog website] - detailed Planet Dog discography

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