Shaped in Dublin in 1991, Family pet Lamb comprised Dylan Phillips (guitar, vocals), Brian Mooney (guitar, vocals), Kevin Talbot (bass) and Wayne Lillis (drums). Affected from the hardcore assault from the Butthole Surfers and Jesus Lizard, using the songwriting distributed between Phillips and Mooney, they accepted with their central motivation being ‘a combination of lust, ale, aggravation and boredom’. The music group was first followed by small unbiased imprint Blunt, a liaison that created two EPs, and caused support slots towards the musically sympathetic Therapy?, NoMeansNo, Babes In Toyland among others. After a program for the John Peel off programme, Roadrunner Information purchased the band, packaging them off to Dublin’s Sonic Studios to record their debut for the label, ‘Dark Cover up’. In its wake emerged a debut record, Sweaty Handshake, propelled by music like the defiant ‘Insult To Damage’ and self-loathing ‘Fun With Maggots’. The music group was subsequently fell by Roadrunner, time for independent label position for 1998’s Tenderness.