The Badge, that´s mainly Jeff Slate and Marc Teamaker. They traveled parallel career paths for much of the nineties.
In 1997 Jeff Slate formed The Badge. Following the spectacular debut "digital retro" the band soon headed in separate directions. Slate regrouped, looking for new musicians. As the new material took shape, the new core of The Badge took shape along with it. Nelson Pla brought his rock steady drumbeat to the picture. And then came Marc Teamaker.
Marc Teamaker was the "roll" to Jeff Slate's "rock". He was raised on the same music as Slate – The Beatles, The Who, Kinks, Small Faces, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles etc. – but also brought along influences as varied as Humble Pie and The Zombies to the mix. As the project rolled to completion keyboardist Matt Kalin joined in and the musical picture was complete. In October 2003 "Calling Generation Mojo" was released, and the reviewers stumbled over themselves to laud it: "The Badge's White Album", "Sincerity may well be a disappearing sentiment in today's music biz, but The Badge are doing their part to make sure it never becomes extinct", "Listening to The Badge's excellent second album, you can’t help feeling comfortable and familiar. After all, The Badge DO wear their influences, not on their sleeves, but on their chests, like medals". In any musicians lifetime such commendations come rarely. To get them for a single work was unheard of.
As the music industry lies dormant in 2004, with more of the same-old-same-old, The Badge are working on yet another masterpiece that they are about to unleash on the world.