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Formerly known as the Sloppy Meat Eaters, Under the Weather is an alternative pop-rock/emo outfit along the lines of blink-182, Fenix TX and Green Day. Officially, the name Sloppy Meat Eaters was put to rest in 2002, when lead singer Josh Chambers, a.k.a. Sloppy Josh, started calling his Rome, GA-based group Under the Weather. But the Sloppy Meat Eaters and Under the Weather are essentially the same band--and even though the latter's work has been more polished and, at times, slightly heavier, Under the Weather hasn't been a radical departure from the Meat Eaters. The band has continued to favor the blend of punk-pop energy and confessional, introspective lyrics that emo (or emocore) is known for.br /br /The original Sloppy Meat Eaters lineup goes back to June 1999, when Chambers hooked up with drummer Kevin Highfield, a.k.a. Sloppy Kevin. At first, Chambers and Highfield played together as a duo; with Chambers on lead vocals, guitar and ba** and Highfield on drums, the Sloppy Meat Eaters recorded their debut album, Shameless Self-Promotion, in October 1999. The group didn't have a full-time ba**ist until Travis Gerke, a.k.a. Sloppy Travis, came on board in 2000; Gerke, who played live with the the Meat Eaters but never actually recorded with the band, was later replaced by John Elwell, a.k.a. Sloppy John. During the winter of 2000/2001, the Chambers/Highfield/Elwell lineup recorded the second Sloppy Meat Eaters album, Forbidden Meat, for California's independent Orange Peal label (which had re-released Shameless Self-Promotion and given the disc better distribution). Orange Peal released Forbidden Meat in June 2001, and that CD turned out to be their final recording as the Sloppy Meat Eaters. In 2002, Highfield announced that he was leaving. After Highfield's departure, the band no longer felt like the Sloppy Meat Eaters to Chambers--so Chambers decided to a**emble a new lineup and call it Under the Weather, but the band's contract with Orange Peal remained. Chambers, opting to market Under the Weather as a new band, continued to sing lead and play rhythm guitar; Elwell switched to lead guitar and drums, while Chicago native Will Tallman was hired to play ba** and provide background vocals. In November 2002, Under the Weather began recording a self-titled EP for Orange Peal, which released the six-song disc in 2003. ~ Alex Henderson, All Music Guide

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