Formed just over a year ago, the MeatEaters recorded their debut album of 13 surprisingly tight, snotty, pop-punk nuggets "in some guy's basement" as the liner notes explain. But all it took was stumbling onto the Farmclub.com TV show and a savvy Web master for the group, who still rehearse in their parent's laundry room, to find their first 15 minutes of fame. Before you could say, "A Dumb Guy in a Stupid Band," -- the title of one of their typically tongue-in-cheek, two-and-half-minute, hyperactive, Blink-182-styled ditties -- the catchy "Out of Control" became one of the most downloaded tunes (out of about 5000 entries) on the Farmclub.com website.
That led to a Farmclub camera crew being dispatched to Rome to compile a jittery day-in-the-life documentary. Then band flew out to L.A. for the live-on-tape show, which band member Josh Chambers (at 22, the eldest Eater) calls "a sort of American Bandstand for 2000," an event the group found a bit surreal. "They cue the people, and this fake audience gets all happy. Then they yell 'Cut' and they go back to being bored to death. There was a handful of Playboy bunnies they invited to jump around and rock out to the Sloppy MeatEaters. It was kind of weird."
Welcome to showbiz. Before the program even aired they fielded interviews from "Access Hollywood" and The New York Times. The Eaters are playing a date on this year's Warped Tour and are currently shopping for a "multi-million dollar" label deal. Maybe then they can practice in a real garage.