The Slip began their career firmly entrenched in the jam band scene, but as time passed, members changed, and tastes within the group shifted, they evolved into a guitar-heavy indie rock band.
Founded in the early '90s at the Tabor Academy, a New England boarding school, the Slip originated as a classic rock cover band featuring the Barr brothers: Brad Barr
on guitar and vocals and Andrew Barr on drums and percussion, as well as guitarist Jon Myers. After Brad
's graduation in 1995, Andrew met up with bassist Marc Friedman in one of the school's jazz ensembles. When Brad
returned from Colorado a year later, he began to play out with Myers, Friedman, and Andrew. Myers left the band, and the remaining trio enrolled at the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA, but eventually dropped out to concentrate on playing professionally. By 1996, they self-released their debut album, From the Gecko, which was inspired by Miles Davis
' seminal Bitches Brew. In the spring of 1999, Allman Brothers Band
drummer Butch Trucks saw the band in concert and signed them to his new Flying Frog Records imprint, which released Does in 2000. After signing to Rykodisc the following year, the Slip issued Angels Come on Time -- which was recorded in Phish
's barn -- in summer 2002.