apb formed in 1979 in the small rural town of Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Ignoring their remote location the band took inspiration from the punk do it yourself ethic of the burgeoning independent music scene. With a hard-working approach George Cheyne drums, Glenn Roberts guitar and Iain Slater bass and vocals were spotted by Aberdeen's small independent label Oily . In 1981 they were impressed enough by the band's live shows to finance the band's first single Chain Reaction.
The band's first single was a two and a half minute punk/pop song with fuzzy distorted guitar and scottish inflected vocals. Already the band was evolving with a sparser and more rhythmical sound.