The Bands At A Glance

I’ve put together a list of contemporaries we shared the scene with. This list isn’t exhaustive; it’s just what I could dredge up from the depths of my brain. I’ve included some history and information about certain bands; if anything here is incorrect let me know and I’ll fix it. I’ll be updating this periodically in the future so not all bands have historical information included yet. If there’s a band you think should be on this list, chances are I’ve probably just missed it so contact me and let me know. Also, if you have a short, one paragraph history for one of the bands on this list send it to me and I’ll post it. You can contact me here or you can leave a comment at the bottom of this page.

  1. Acid Rain(1)
    • From the flea market days. (1)
  2. Allison Lights
    • Richard Ray fronted this band (during his “Green Day” years). There was also a guy who played a double neck SG with an unbuttoned shirt but I don’t know his name. Richard Ray eventually went on to play in another band called Shindig with Brian Pauley from Dirt Bear.
  3. Anyone Can Whistle
  4. Arch Angel
    • I can’t even remember these guys in any detail; I think they played the Pit a couple times.
  5. Big Daddy Stick
    • I seem to remember that Big Daddy Stick had a member named Paul Weaver. He was nicknamed the “Boone County Yeti” I believe. As I remember the band was from Boone County, WV. Big Daddy Stick was famous for having “road whores” which made other bands jealous. 🙂
  6. Book (1)
    • Jason Williamson and Tex Carroll (vocals), Phil Conifer (drums), Brian Spangler (guitar), Ray Davis (bass). Book played the famous “Hurricane Show” along with Freaktent, Green, and others. (1)  According to Brian Spangler, Book never played this show. Book played one party at Matt Wheeler’s house but knew only three Misfits songs that they played over and over again until they got bored. In addition to the members listed above, Book also included Matt Lucas. (5)
  7. Buddhashrooms
    • Buddhashrooms consisted (partially) of Brian Dills, John Dills, and Andy Masker. At some point, probably around 1994, Andy left Buddhashrooms and was replaced by Chris Klinger. Andy went on to play in Dirt Bear.
  8. Camel Beast (3)
    • Camel Beast, the stuff of legends. They were local legends by the time I came into the scene but I never saw them play.  They also have a Facebook page featuring some of their recordings. (8)
  9. Dead Ant Farm
    • Dead Ant Farm had been around for some time by the time I came into the scene. They went through several line up changes over the years. During my time they were made up by Justin Gordon (bass), Jason Williamson (vocals), Phil Medley (guitar), and Matt Wheeler (drums). Joey Clagg played with DAF in the early days. Eventually Phil Medley left the band to start The Jeffersons and Bo Vance become their new guitar player (1). The original line up included Phil Medley on vocals, Dustin Lanning on guitar, Matt Wheeler on drums, and Justin Gordon on bass. (1)
  10. Dead Dolls
    • A band that played the “Farm Show” (a.k.a. “Bobstock”) and probably came close to kicking my ass. Don’t know much else about them.
  11. Dementia
    • Played only one show that I remember, the Provos reunion show.
  12. Dirt Bear
    • Dirt Bear formed from the ashes of the Provos and Buddhashrooms. After Jason Little (Provos) left for duty in the Navy, Billy Reynolds and Brian Pauley were left without a band. Andy Masker from Buddhashrooms knew Billy and they all saw the opportunity to form a band and play some music. They started out as a joke band but grew to be the most popular band of the scene at that time. Dirt Bear had a “punk/pop” sound of sorts and their music made an instant connection with the kids in the scene. Dirt Bear was tightly linked to two other bands of the scene, Flood and Sevin, and played many shows together in 1994 and 1995. After Billy Reynolds left the band in early 1996, Joey Klagg from Sevin became their new bass player. Unfortunately the steam was apparently gone from the Dirt Bear engine and the band broke up some time during 1996.
  13. Electric Sex Band
    • The Electric Sex Band was formed by John E. Sizemore from Freaktent. During a leave of absence from Freaktent John E. formed this band with Jeffrey Johnson (4), Les Helper, and Alex Kail (2). John eventually rejoined Freaktent and was still playing with Chris and Shane as of 2007.
  14. Falooda
    • The story went that Falooda’s two guitar players tuned a half-step apart from each other, creating a consistently out of tune sound. We played a couple shows with them and they were great guys.  Falooda was made up of: Ameen Abdulla (lead guitar), Danny Susla (1) (rhythm guitar), Chris Ellis (bass), Aaron Crothers (vocals), Kent Spriggs (drums). (9)
  15. Flood
    • Flood was originally formed from the ashes of The Great Big World. The original Flood line up consisted of Jeremy SpearsBrian Jarrett, Shaun Fox, and Carl Lucas. Carl Lucas was eventually replaced by Adam Triplett in the fall of 1994. Flood played a style of “heavy alternative” and was heavily influenced by bands like Helmet, Quicksand, and Tool. Flood played extensively with Dirt Bear and Sevin throughout the Nitro/Charleston music scene. I eventually left the band in December of 1995 and Flood officially disbanded in early 1996. Flood released two albums, Spate and Halo Arrangements and Alternate Wall Fixtures, and recorded four songs for the Cave Records compilation.
  16. Flounder
    • Included Jimi Moore, Ian Shriver, and Nick Whittard. (10) Flounder even had their own van, spray painted with their band’s name on the side.
  17. Freaktent
    • One of the oldest bands in the scene; definitely founding members. Freaktent is also one of, if not the only remaining band from the Nitro scene. Primary members included John E. Sizemore, Shane Parsons, and Chris Allen.
  18. Green
    • Played the famous “Hurricane Show”, my first local show. I believe Brian Ray played drums for Green at some point.
  19. The Happy Foundation
    • Ronnie Stricklen, Zach Humphreys, and Jonathon Fields.
  20. I.N.R.I.
    • Shaun Moore, Ian Shriver; all the way back to the flea market days.
  21. Insane Mind
  22. The Jeffersons
    • Created by Phil Medley after leaving Dead Ant Farm (1).  Included Ian Shriver and Nick Whittard as well. (10)
  23. Last Rites
    • Billy Reynolds, Brian Pauley, Jason Little, Carl Lucas, and a jerk name Nick Tipsing. The Provos were formed from Last Rites decaying corpse. 🙂
  24. The Lazy Harold Band(1)
    • From the flea market days. (1)
  25. Lower Case i
    • Another Paul Rucker project, if I remember correctly.
  26. Malicious Intent
    • We played a show or two with these guys; I think they were based outside the Nitro/Charleston area. I think they became pretty popular after I got out of the scene.
  27. Mumble
    • Flood played a show with these guys back in April of 1995. According to their guitar player, Shawn Thumm, “I think we were going for a simple punk rock style with goofy stupid elements mixed in”. (6)
  28. Mustard Pie(1)
    • From the flea market days. (1)
  29. Noise Box
    • Another founding member of the scene.
  30. The Provos
    • Formed from members of Last Rites, the Provos dominated the scene until their guitar player, Jason Little, left to join the Navy.
  31. The Pu’Rens(1)
    • Joe Moore on accordion, Dusty White, B.J. Barnes. (1)
  32. Royal Fudge n’ Cake (R.F.C.)
    • Dusty White, Zack Ray, Jeff Albright, Jason Wandling (1)
  33. Richard’s Anger
  34. Ritual Youth
  35. Severe Limp
    • Another Paul Rucker band, I believe.
  36. Sevin
    • Sevin was formed by Ray Davis, Brian Spangler, Joey Klagg, and Phil Conifer. Recognized in the scene as “music you can dance to” Sevin gained a large following in the Nitro music scene. They played extensively with Flood and Dirt Bear as well as other bands of the time. Sevin disbanded in early 1996 and Joey Klagg went on to play in Dirt Bear until their demise in 1996.  Sevin’s first show was the famous “Hurricane Show” and included Jason Williamson and Tex Carrol on vocals, Brian Spangler and Matt Lucas on guitar, Ray Davis on bass, and Phil Conifer on drums. (5)
  37. Slip
    • Ronnie Stricklen’s old band before The Happy Foundation.
  38. Special Interest Group
    • Vince Biel’s band. We played with them once or twice. Vince’s father, Chuck, was a well-known and talented guitar player who provided lessons in the area.  Special Interest group featured Vince on drums, Sam Scholen on guitar, and Roadblock on bass.  They also played a show once with a cello player. (7)
  39. Spork
  40. Ten Gauge
    • Formed by Brian Dills, John Dills, and Jeremy Spears after the breakup of Flood.
  41. The Trash Bags(1)
    • Jon Warren (drums), Jimmie Moore (bass), Chris Allen (Guitar). (1)
  42. Trout
    • Originally known as “Troutfishing in America”, Trout was formed by Steve McConihay, Shawn Beckner, Shane Parsons, and Tim Dorsey in early 1995. Brian Ray eventually replaced Shane on drums in late 1995. Trout recorded four songs for the Cave Records compilation. Trout disbanded in late 1995 or early 1996.
  43. Unapanabonkas
    • I saw these guys play at the first (and last) annual Charleston Music Fest. Their drummer’s name was Brian Holstine (7).  As I understand it he had no hair on his body; he suffered from a condition called Alopecia in which the body’s immune system destroys the hair in the follicle before it can grow. Supposedly he never had a cold in his life, or so the story went.  Brian Holstine was formerly the singer for The Pistol Whippers, and as of 2011 plays drums in a Beatles tribute band called Rubber Soul. (7)
  44. Union 411 (1)
  45. Watership Down
    • Flood had what I’d consider a minor skirmish with these guys. I think it started after the first Roller Rink show. It never turned into an altercation, and even now I can’t remember exactly what it was about. They were a three piece, kind of light rock, with a guitar player named Jeremy and a bass player named Bob. I can’t remember the drummer’s name.
  46. West By God
    • After Flood broke up, Jeremy Spears and Shawn Fox went on to form West By God.  The original lineup also included Matt Wolfe, formerly of Byzantine. As of 2011, Byzantine is working on new material.  (7)
  47. Who Cares?
    • A band from Sissonville, WV. I saw them play at the Charleston Music Fest and bought one of their tapes. After my own band was established I contacted them about playing a show with us. They did and it went pretty well. They were nice guys too.
  • (1) Information courtesy of Bo Vance
  • (2) Information courtesy of Alex Kail
  • (3) Added per suggestion by Henry Bono
  • (4) Information courtesy of Jeffrey Johnson
  • (5) Information courtesy of Brian Spangler
  • (6) Information courtesy of Shawn Thumm
  • (7) Information courtesy of Roadblock
  • (8) Information courtesy of Paul Rucker
  • (9) Information courtesy of Steve Spriggs
  • (10) Information courtesy of Ian Shriver
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40 Replies to “The Bands At A Glance”

  1. hey brian, hows barney? just found this website. hope the family is well. email me or give me a call. 3045432813, later

  2. I got this nifty new record player/tape player/cd player that converts vinyl and casettes to CD. I’m actually in the process of moving all the old Dirt Bear stuff over to CD. Leave me your email address and I will try and get in touch with ya and hook ya up.

    1. I have dirtbear on MP3. Travis Dorsey was always involved regarding any band I was ever associated with, he is also a wealth of knowledge concerning most of the bands listed. He and I worked very hard on making the Flea Market shows happen, we both were responsible for getting acts such as Groovezilla, Crazy Jane, etc. into the Nitro scene. Awesome page going on here, if I can ever help just let me know.

      1. Hey Paul,

        Actually I ended up converting most of the Dirt Bear stuff to mp3 some time back (http://musingpanda.com/nitro/dirt-bear/dirt-bear-audio/). Unfortunately my copy of their last album (Bear It All) was hosed, so I couldn’t convert it. If you happen to have that one on mp3 I’d be glad to post it out here.

        Those flea market shows were great; we were very fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful scene given we were in such a small town. It was due in no small part to the hard work of a lot of different bands. I’m still proud of it, even all these years later.

        If you have anything you’d like to provide – be it audio, video, photos, personal recollections, etc. – I’d be happy to include it here on the site. Just use the “Contact Me” link above and we can work out how to transfer the files.

        Thanks for taking the time to comment and I’m glad you enjoyed the site. Take care.

  3. @Brian (the drummer)
    Hey Brian,

    If you get that stuff moved over to CD (or mp3) let me know and I can host it here on the site. I could set up a page for Dirt Bear audio just like I did for the Flood audio recordings. That way Jay or anyone else could just download it.

  4. Hey Brian…will do. I can get old Provos stuff, and whatever else as well. I already switched Arm from Minnesota over. Not sure if you remember them or not, but they were wonderful. Very AMREP before AMREP was cool.

    The only downfall is I have to transfer it over in real time, so it’s very time consuming.

    By the way, I have referenced your History of the Music Scene section to many people who have asked me questions. It’s fantastic read.

  5. By the way…..http://softrockrenegade.blogspot.com is Mike Andrick’s page. Not sure if you remember him or not. Hung out with the Clarksburg kids. Really good guy. Anyhow, he is putting up tons of stuff on his site of old recordings and whatnot. If I remember correctly, he has possibly referenced your site to his for old Flood recordings and videos.

  6. @Brian (the drummer)
    I do remember Arm; those guys were awesome. I think we played a show with them at the Coffee House but my goddamned memory is starting to fade. I do remember it was planned and Shaun broke his arm a few weeks before the show date. Billy filled in during practice. At least this much I’m still sure of. Probably should re-read my own history section. 🙂

    I’d love to put the old Provos stuff on here too. My intention is to make this more about the Nitro scene and less about Flood, it’s just that most of the stuff I have is Flood-related. That said, I do have *some* stuff from the other bands but I haven’t gotten it converted to digital format just yet. Whatever you’d like to provide I’d be happy to host it here. Pictures, audio, recollections, etc. I’ve been putting video on YouTube and then embedding it here; works better that way.

    That’s so cool that you’re pointing people to the site; I love hearing from people who visit the site and wax nostalgic. That’s why I do it!

  7. @Brian (the drummer)
    He contacted me a couple months ago actually. I just took at look at his site; he’s been busy! You’re right; the Flood stuff is mine actually.

    It might be a pipe dream but I smell a Flood, Sevin, Dirt Bear reunion sometime in the future. 🙂 Ya never know…

  8. That would be some reunion show. lol. I often wonder if the interest would ever be there from the scene that’s around now or kids from the past.

    I haven’t seen Andy Masker in years. The last time I saw Billy was at Chuck E. Cheese. Kind of funny to sit back and remember the “good ole days” and where we all are now with our lives.

    Now that wrestling season is ending (I referee high school wrestling as well now), I will have some free time on my hands to start to transfer a lot of this old stuff over to CD. As soon as I get that done, I will send it your way.

  9. @Brian (the drummer)
    It would be cool. I’m not holding my breath but if I got the chance to do it I’d jump on it. I’ve also wondered about the interest and what attendance would be. Many of us are living out of state now. It’s mind-boggling how much time has passed and how different things are now. In 4 years I’ll be 40. Something’s not right about that. 🙂

    I look forward to whatever you can send me and I’ll get it out here as soon as I can. I’m behind a little too so I need to get on the ball. I still have some stuff that I just haven’t gotten out here. Hopefully I can do that over the next few months.

    Take it easy.

    1. Hey Brian & Brian…it’s Brian.

      I was just checking in on the site to see what’s new and saw mentions of a “reunion.” I dont know if there would be the kind of interest that existed 15 years ago, but I know we could interest some people in attending. I know a bar owner in Huntington, and if we were really serious about a reunion show, I’m sure he’s let us play. Even if we only got 30 people to show up, I think it would be a great experience. I would love to be on stage again. As far as Seven goes, I’m sure Ray and Phil would play…not sure about Joey though.

      1. Personally I’d love to do it again, even for an audience of ten people. Right now with Traci being out of work the travelling expense might be a little tough, but under normal circumstances we could do it.

        If someone was willing to take the task on that would be great. I did that with the ill-fated 2003 reunion and that was pretty much a bust. Don’t get me wrong, I was glad to see the people who came but turnout was about a quarter of those who said they were coming. I don’t know that I’d want to take that on again given how that turned out.

        Let me know if you or anyone else gets anything solid together. Playing again – even for a night – would be very cool.

        1. I think if we got a commitment from each band, setting up the show might not be too hard. I think if I made a phone call, I could get the venue secured pretty easily. I think with facebook, we could get the word out pretty easily. I’m like you…I would do it even if 10 people showed. It would be nice to see all the bands again.

          Let me see what I can do. Hit me up on facebook to respond.

  10. Ok…lol…I already got a hell yes and a “does a bear sh*t in the woods” answer from two Seven members and I got an abso-freakin-lutely answer about the venue. This could take form. See if you can get in touch with the rest of the Flood members and we’ll try to get in touch with Dirt Bear.

  11. I think this is a killer idea! I’m sure most everyone has no idea who i am, other than brian(the drummer). He may remember a very young me who tagged along to many wrestling shows, and a few legion shows in charleston.

    I’m a web designer/online marketer now. would love to help you guy to promote the hell out of this if it ever comes to life.

    1. Thanks Rusty, that sounds great. Right now we’re still trying get buy in from three people; one from Dirt Bear and two from Flood.

      If things get finalized and it looks like it’s a go then I’ll update this website with the info. Also, feel free to contact me using the form on this site (musingpanda.com/contact-me) in the meantime.

      Take care,
      Brian

      1. By the way, this show fell through. We were unable to get buy in from some key members of two of the groups. It’s too bad; I think it could have been fun.

        Oh well, at least the memories still live on here. 🙂

  12. Hey Brian, & anyone else…..

    I’m sure some know of Mike Andrick’s blog (http://softrockrenegade.blogspot.com). For those that might not remember Mike, he was one of the Bridgeport kids. Really good guy who ended up doing quite a bit for the scene, behind the scenes….and now has an amazing website that links us to the past.

    Another new blog is by Dana White. I’m sure all remember Dana. http://explodingeardrums.blogspot.com is his site. His is more so a site to download old music. He actually has the very last Dirt Bear release up on his site already. I’ve hooked him up with all Provos, Dirt Bear, Watership Down, and am getting him all the cd’s I have from local bands or bands that came through town. I also hooked him up with a pretty rare Chum Dead to the World recording sessions tape that was given to my by John Lancaster when I tried out for Chum.

    So check out Dana’s site, as well as Mike’s for music from bands of our days to download. Good stuff.

    Again…..
    Dana’s is http://explodingeardrums.blogspot.com
    Mike’s is http://softrockrenegade.blogspot.com

    Enjoy!

  13. I just noticed the Flood, Seven, & Dirt Bear sections of this site. I had We Hate It downloaded, via Dana’s site. And 1989. I effin love you for having the remaning Dirt Bear stuff and the Candy Jar. As soon as I get home, I’m downloading. Fantastic. This seriously made my day.

  14. Cripes! Great Big World, even?! This is good stuff. Much thanks to you (& Dana & Andrick) for putting together these websites and having stuff available to download. I’m loving it.

  15. Special Interest Group was Vince Biel on Drums Sam Scholten on guitar and vocals and Roadblock on bass…..Im surprised anyone even remembered this. we also had a cello player play a show with us once.

    you forgot the original west by god as well which included matt wolfe of byzantine on guitar and Jeremy Spears of Flood on Drums and a few other guys.

    the Drummer for Unapanoonabonkas was brian Holstine who was the singer for the pistol whippers and now plays drums for the beatles tribute band rubber soul

    1. Thanks for the info, Roadblock. I updated the list above with what you provided. if memory serves, we played one show with you guys back in April of 1995. Good times.

      Thanks again for writing and take care.

      1. No problem im glad someone has a site like this
        if i can think of anything else ill let you know

        also you might wanna change the formerly in byzantine thing they are working on some new material right now haha

  16. Joe Moore from the P’u Rens has posted some of their music here:
    http://memorylane.josephrogermoore.com/hocuspolka.html

    (You’re also missing Paul and Wes from their roster. Paul got a bunch of press few years ago for his Alsace Lorraine project: http://darla.com/index.php?fuseaction=item_cat.ecom_superitem_detail&item_cat_id=27048)

    Thanks for the site and the memories! Kind of Amazing to see “Anyone Can Whistle” on this list since we (Chad, Wes and me) only played twice! ever!

  17. Pu’Rens and Camel Beast audio available. This is a great day!

    I actually had 2 Camel Beast demos, but I have no clue where they are.

    And I never knew how amazing the Pu’Rens were until they came up to the house to record a demo.

  18. Falooda was:

    Lead: Ameen Abdulla
    Rhythm: Danny Susla
    Bass: Chris Ellis
    Vocals: Aaron Crothers
    Drums: Kent Spriggs

    Great stuff btw. Nostalgic.

  19. I didn’t play in Dementia…. I.N.R.I. yes… The Jeffersons with Phil Medley , and Nick Whittard. Also in Flounder.. Of course Jimi Moore myself and Nick Whittard

  20. My boys are finally old enough to start their own band. I helped them record their first song…very Dirt Bear-esque. I let them listen to Dirt Bear and they loved it. Nice to see that our scene is still relevent in these days of crap music.

    Hope everyone is doing well.

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