The band formed in Rothesay in 1996, during a particularly bleak Geography lesson, bassist Ian and guitarist Phil realised that the only drummer on the entire island was the drunken shambles slumped behind them After an unfortunate incident involving a tube of Pritt-Stik and and Phil's head, Russell agreed to join. Together with (now-ex) guitarist Alistair, they spent the next three years learning to play their instruments "properly". Having mastered the art of music by learning the entire back catalogue of of Urusei Yatsura songs.......no, really!.......they got their first gig at the 13th Note Cafe at Interactive club night. During the next year or so, the played with such luminaries as Sand, Odeon Beat Club, Late Night Foreign Radio and Dissolved. They also showcased their true talent whilst supporting Seafood by smashing their instruments; leaving a large impression on the headliners, an audience of five puzzled Seafood fans and........... the stage itself.
Following the Kraftwerk tribute night and soundtrack nights with such bands as Aerogramme, Bis, Macrocosmica and ARSS, Alastair decided to leave the band before he was permanently scarred. Regrouping quickly with new 'guitarist' Alan, The Numchuck began to develop the sound the have have now embraced. Alan's life in Numchuck was bried yet eventful: in a memorable gig with Donut, he was assaulted with peanuts and wine glasses on stage. After a drastic re-appraisal of the situation, Numchuck became a 3-piece. Following a brief period of playing in dodgy side-bands, the boys settled into being the band they are today - or so they thought..................................!
Unfortunately Iain left in August 2002 due to being disillusioned with the bands apparent new-found success. Despite his revelation being the night before Zebedee's (now legendary) tour to promote their debut "Ko-Eh-Ga-Nai EP", they managed to find a man called Alf that stood in on bass for the tour, and is currently on substitute until Zebedee find a new permanent bass player!