Having a name that conjures images of purity and smooth blends, Birmingham, Alabama’s Virgos Merlot had not been always the smartly attired, reptilian contact lensed group they were in 1998, the entire year they first toured with such notable alt-rock bands as Fuel) and Eve 6. Vocalist/lyricist Brett Hestla, guitarist Jason Marchant, who experienced known oneanother since senior high school, and drummer JD Charlton all performed together inside a music group called Wanton Rut. When that music group later on became the Devine, guitarist Ted “Deacon” Ledbetter became a member of. Hestla and Marchant worked well in a cupboard shop at that time, with Marchant later on becoming a certified paramedic. Because the Devine, they released one Compact disc, Victim, but split up shortly after. Therefore determined had been they to use from the everday existence of normal careers, Hestla, Marchant, Charlton, Ledbetter and Ledbetter’s child years friend, bass participant and nursing college student Chris Dickerson created Virgos Merlot. Based on demo recordings manufactured in the cellar studio room of friend and maker Jason Elgin and a display overall performance at Orlando, Florida’s Home of Blues in March 1998, Virgos Merlot had been authorized to Atlantic Information by A&R ruler Steve Robertson — only 1 . 5 years after developing the music group. Their main label debut, Indicators of a Vacant Spirit was officially released in March, 1999 because the entire music group made arrangements to relocate to Orlando, Florida.