The band's manager Carla Potter had difficulty hiring a hall or booking a venue with the name Gluefist. Wildside Records were interested but wanted a more radio-friendly moniker, so Gluefist became Slim.
The members of Slim came from Christchurch bands with very memorable names. Bassist Donald McClure came from Drool. Aaron Hogg had Gravel Rash on his CV. Guitarist Simon Meehan had played in Naked Grandmother and Braaspadeak. Another former member of Braaspadeak, Tiki Taane, would often do Slim's sound, although he was making the move from sound desk to stage in Salmonella Dub by that stage.
The first release for Slim was the 1999 Bullet In My Hand EP that also featured 'Pizza Boy' and the Gluefist demos. The Wildside release was distributed by BMG.
The album Drive Thru was recorded at Auckland studio Revolver in Pah Rd, Mt. Roskill. The band stayed at a nearby motel with a guitar-shaped swimming pool. Revolver engineer Neil Baldock who had recently recorded albums by HLAH and Rubicon, co-produced the Slim album.
The album was released in 2001 and independently distributed by Wildside Records. The album got very positive reviews including Russell Baillie in the NZ Herald: “There’s a refreshing directness, aggressive streak, and tunefulness to this debut album by Slim, the Christchurch rock quartet ... Slim deliver a direct blend of hardriffed swagger and melodic finesse.”
The band did not release any retail singles but videos and radio-only promos CDs were made for 'Crumbling', 'Real World', 'Rise Up' and 'Bullet In My Hand'.
Slim opened for Tool, Live, Korn, Creed, Shihad and Fuel but did not break through to a wide audience. They played the 2002 Big Day Out in the Super Top, immediately prior to the tent's headliners NOFX. When the group Live toured, Slim gained the opening slot in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.
The band split when father-to-be Aaron Hogg no longer wanted to tour.
Aaron Hogg - vocals, guitar
Scott Mason - drums
Donald McClure - bass, vocals
Simon Meehan - guitar