During the following months (January and February 1997) we lost our original drummer and we had to move 3 times to different rehearsal places. Just before our friends from Eightball (RIP) offered us a place in their rehearsal studio, we got Guts involved in Mug-Shot. He still was in Fight Indifference too. He was the kind of drummer we were looking for. After about 5 or 6 months with the 5 of us together & with the back-up support from Eightball at that time we started doing our first shows.
Around August 1997 we decided to record a demo-tape to spread our music, because we had had a lot of positive reactions. We made & sold 300 tapes in about 8 weeks. At that time we were contacted by I Scream Records to participate on the I Scream compilation "You Gotta Know What You Stand For". Again we received a lot of positive reactions.
Since then, Mug-Shot has been doing a lot of shows, not only in Belgium, we also got the change to do some shows in Holland & France. Most of the bands we played with are: 25 Ta Life, Backfire!, Kickback, The Spudmonsters, Pro-Pain, DRI, Commin Correct, Blood For Blood, Right Direction, Hard Resistance, Congress, Backstabbers,....
Very soon, Guts realised that he couldn' t combine 2 bands and he decided to leave his band Fight Indifference. Mug-Shot at this time had shows almost every week-end, and we were working very hard on new material.
Early 1998 we signed a record deal with I Scream Records. Our last composed & probably favourite songs were also ready to put on our debut album. Silence, Hatechild, Victim are technically better & heavier than the songs we started with, but hey you gotta start somewhere !
Have A Nice Life was recorded in April 1998 at the Midas Studio and was produced by Tony De Block.
Peter Massart: Vocals
Guts De Bruyn: Drums
Larry Piette: Bass
Francis Bracke: Guitar
Marc Rosseels: Guitar