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Black Spring
Blue Dahlia
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Entangled
Eve Black
Eye Teeth
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InOurselves
Killswitch
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Konichi Wah
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Morsel
The New York Room
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Overman
Purple Dave
Resin Mattress
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Screwtape Y1.993K
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Shroud of Secrecy/People Love Dreams
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Snorkel
Son of One
Table
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Thumper
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Tounge Tongue
Twitch
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Area 51
Astrid Flood
Crick
Dead River Drag
Fortune and Maltese
Joe Lawless/Sherwoods
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Lo Fi Scorpio
Love Offering
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Meet Sally
Monster Zero
Owsla
Paupers Field
Pimp Genetics
The Shills
The Sinatras
Sleet
Sonic Tribe
Trocar
Veronica Speedwell
The Waterladies
BARKIN' TUNAS or "we have a college radio station?" (1985-1990)
BAV
Boom & the Legion of Doom
Catharsis
Godbullies
Crowded Morgue
Desecrator
J2 K2
Man Alive!
Memories of Tomorrow
Misanthropy
Murder of Crows
The Sinatras
Skillkrane
Spite
Violent Apathy
POST-SHORTWAVE or post-Harvey's or post-9/11 (2000-2007)
Berwer
Big Sam
Burning Tent Revival
The Casies
Cosmonaut
Exotic Foxes
First to the Fence
Hornet
Hudson Debacle
Kiss me quick
Knives are Quiet
The Landlords
Lollygore & Marie Laveau
Monoglot/Dynamic Ribbon Device C
Oceans of Regret
Phil A. Sheo / Goods
Posi
Quixote
Rural Electrification Act
The Sinatras
Sounds Like Sunday
Undercast
JOEL WICK's righteous brothers or the post-hardcore scene (1989-2006)
Broken Hearts are Blue
The Deconstruction
Fletcher
Firesale
Last Laugh
Lockheed Electra
Mesa
Ordination of Aaron
Spork
So this is Outerspace
Panic Button
Vine
LEPPOTONE BANDS or "K" in K-Klub stands for "Klever" (1986-Present)
Leppotone itself
Fortune and Maltese
Goldstar
Jabberwock
King Tammy
LKO
Triplemint
New Real People
Port Wine Lads
Sinatras
Sleestacks
Twister

RECENTS, ACTIVES and REACTIVES (now!)
Apache Trail
Colin Bradford
Chris Bryers
Bill Clements - Clements Band
Dan Roe/Good Doctor
Dave Grant and Mike Roche
Gooferman
I Am Spoonbender
Hackneyed Quips
Geoff Halsey
The Hovering Lights
Ron Muniz + Plastic 5
Mesa
New Real People
Northern
Joby Purucker
Mike Roche and Aaron Wright
Silo
Christopher Lee Simmonds
The Sinatras
Spirit Horse
TASM Lab
Tether
The Soft Takeover
VS THE SUCT
WEEKENDERS or Musicians who wore pants
The Bremens
The Erj
In Autumn
Jonnie with an Eye
Jah Kings
Keeper Wild
Knee Deep Shag
Mom Handy
Saucy Jack
The Verve Pipe
Water for the Pool
OTHERS AND ADJUNCTS or non-bands
Broadside Productions
Bryan Charles, Author
Darrin Doyle, Author
Joel Wick / HITW
Faultline Productions
Leppotone Electrical Recordings
the Venues
ARTICLES, MEMOIRS and other fun stuff
TOP TENS!
Doug Garnett's Amalgamate comp
Jim Cherry writes
Club Soda Calendars (02/14/09)
Harveys the Movie (07/24/07)
As I remember it - Jeff Till (5/24/07)
Education of a Metal Band - Dan Roe (4/01/07)
John Henry against the machine


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Black Spring (1989 - 1995?)


Black Spring bridged the gap between the hardcore bands of the mid to late 80's and the Leon's Temple clique of the 90's. While hardly revolutionary, Black spirng was certainly on of the oldest and most testosterone laden bands of the Kalamazoo scene.

It started in the mid 80's in Grand Rapids. The band Holy Terror had split, some members created the new, softer-edged Man Alive. Man Alive never really found its identity and its original version was short lived. When singer, Andy Karnitz split with MA because of creative differences, Charles Bradford stepped in. Man Alive recruited former Violent Apathy drummer Andy Bennet to play drums, and later another VA member, Tommy Fuller joined the group. Eventually, Man Alive split as well, forming two bands - Black Spring and The Confirmation. Man Alive bassist, Tom Griffioen and drummer, Andy Bennet discovered the incredible Dave Grant (Rollinghead, Dead River Drag) and formed The Confirmation. Guitar player, Tommy Fuller and singer, Charles Bradford discovered the young impressionable Craig RitXXXX enour and formed Black Spring.

Black Spring recorded a few 4-track demos, most notably the infamous "Bims From the Orient," but in 1991 the band traveled to Madison, Wisconsin to record with Killdozer producer Butch Vig. Black Spring booked two weekend days between the Smashing Pumpkins "Gish" sessions and shortly after the Black Spring recording, Vig went on to produce Nirvana's "Nevermind."

Funding problems delayed the release of "Girth" for more than a year. Eventually the band released the album on the newly created Swollen Lip label with cover artwork by Motorbooty artist, Mark Dancey. They went on to tour most of the country to promote the CD, but played to mostly empty bars from Memphis to Seattle.

In 1994, Black Spring went back into the studio (this time at WMU) to record a second full-length album. The new album exhibited some measurable growth in terms of songwriting and musicianship, but those recordings were never released. The band played a few more shows here and there, but slowed to a stop in the mid-nineties.

(As remembered by Jeff, someone please send a real one to cool @ leons temple . com (remove spaces))

Black Spring, presumably named after the Henry Miller novel, were a hard rock trio who perhaps were one of the earliest in the LT clique, playing prior to TI and Twitch. Also earliest was their signing by a label. "Why Not?" records was funded by two locals interested in getting into the music business, and funded Black Spring's pro-level recording with Butch Vig (who had recently finished the Nirvana Nevermind project) and a neat cover illlustration by a famous illustrator. Despite good intentions (?) the label folded and Black Spring started their own label, Swollen Lip, and financing the release of "Girth", their full-length CD, themselves. Black Spring toured the US in 1993. Later, they broke up despite writing enough material for a follow-up record.



  • Charles Bradford, Bass and vocals
  • Craig Rit*, Drums
  • Tommy Fuller, Guitar


  • Charles played in the band Genius Hired Guns, and went on to Owsla with Chris Bryers
  • Chares is brothers with Colin and xx, both musicians.
  • Craig also played in Fatsack and Owsla


  • None currently listed


Black Spring - Girth (1992)

  1. 01 Snake Magnet.mp3
  2. 02 Tyson.mp3
  3. 03 Change Of Heart.mp3
  4. 04 Six.mp3
  5. 05 The Last Season.mp3
  6. 06 Love Burger.mp3
  7. 07 Trash.mp3
  8. 08 (Ask The) Dust.mp3
  9. 09 Robots Must Kill.mp3
  10. 10 Luther.mp3




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