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Who (or what) is Poor Old Lu?
Poor Old Lu is (or was, maybe) one of the pioneer alternative
Christian bands in the Northwest. Based out of Vashon Island,
Washington, they began very young when "Alternative" Christian
music was limited to Bryan Duncan and Michael W. Smith. With a thirst
for 'good music' and a 'message for anyone', they began recording songs
seriously, as a threesome without Jesse, in the Spring of '90. Just
sophomores in high school, Nick, Aaron, & Scott playing under the
name 'Bellbangvilla' threw together a 9-song first album named 'In Love
with the Greenery'. Although it wasn't much to listen to, it did catch
some attention and landed them some shows around Seattle. A few months
later Jesse joined and things really started to roll.
More recordings and occasional shows kept the band in check. In the
summer of '91 the band changed it's name to 'Poor Old Lu' - taken out of
the first book in C.S.Lewis' 'Chronicles of Narnia' - 'The Lion, the
Witch, and the Wardrobe'. With a couple of fresh new songs, they once
again retreated into the studio (this time with drums) and recorded
'Three Song Demo'. The band was no doubt improving, but more was yet to
come. After more shows and some scattered reviews, the band kept at it.
Two years after the 'Greenery' sessions, Lu decided to do another
full-length release. This time, however, they would do nearly all the
Spring of '92 was a real turn-around time for everyone in the band.
Nick, Aaron, & Scott were all looking to graduate in a few months.
Jesse was laying low, and the band had a fresh batch of tracks to lay
down on tape. After renting and/or borrowing a lot of great gear, the
four ascended into a remote unused classroom in the far reaches of their
church. For three days music could be heard almost constantly throughout
that wing of the church. With only breaks for pizza and sleep, the band
labored over eight songs - bickering and laughing the whole way thru.
Although Aaron had his hand on just about the whole project, everyone
took a turn here and there pressing buttons and moving faders. Taking
one day off, the band went back into the lion's den to mix the rough
recordings together and pray that something listenable might result.
With the expertise of Dan Nelson at their side, the guys mixed up eight
songs and paired them with previous 'To Be Awake' & 'This Theatre'
songs to make 'Star-Studded-Super-Step'. After graduation, the band
played more shows to even larger audiences with great praise for being
so young, so original, and with a message that gave total glory to Jesus
Christ. A few months later, Randy Stonehill (a true Christian Music
pioneer) was given the 'Star-Studded' Demo by Aaron & Jesse's Dad,
Dave Sprinkle. Randy let the demo sit around for quite sometime, but God
finally gave him the urge to give it a listen --- he was impressed.
Thru Randy Stonehill, the demo was aggressively given to music veteran,
Terry Taylor. It was Terry who approached Frontline/Alarma Records with
an idea to sign and produce these four young guys from Seattle. After a
few months of talking, spiritual insights, and dealings, the band signed
to Alarma Records. It was the summer of '93 and Poor Old Lu was looking
to record an album with Derri Daugherty at the board and Terry Taylor as
the brain. This would launch an entirely new era in their musical,
emotional, and spiritual lives. Just to stir things up a bit more, Aaron
was married that summer as well.
The next few years would prove trying and fruitful. Mindsize was
released with critical praise. All of
the singles hit #1 on some sort of Christian Music chart. The band
played more shows, toured a bit, and dove into the realm of spiritual
hardship. The guys quickly learned that being in a well-known Christian
Ministry was a huge responsibility - and the road ahead would not be
The next summer, the band yearned for a more raw sound from the next
album. Teamed up with engineer/producer John Goodmanson, 'Sin' was
recorded and released with rave reviews. Not the slick sound from
Mindsize, but an aggressive edge gave 'Sin' it's appeal and originality.
More singles, more shows, and more touring. Things were on the up and
In late spring of '95, the band decided to record a very experimental EP
- almost to test their fans and themselves. After about one month of off
and on recording, 'Straight Six' was born to the world. With dreamy
lyrics and a rough sound, this album challenged anyone who thought they
had Poor Old Lu pinned to a certain sound. Hardcore fans welcomed this
release with open arms while others stuck to the early stuff and what
made most sense. A few months after 'Straight Six', Nick and Scott were
both married to their respective belles. Now with three wives, one baby,
and a strong foundation, the band faced even more challenges.
With three albums under their belt and an undecided future, the band
faced many questions. Confused with the Christian Music Scene, unmet
expectations, and where to go from here, Poor Old Lu struggled with
choices and decisions. A not-so-successful tour in the summer of '95
dragged the band down a bit. Money was not coming in fast enough to
support the new families and most of the guys had to get either full or
part time jobs to keep afloat, which in turn meant less time for shows
and writing. The next few months seemed to drag by...
In early spring of '96, Poor Old Lu was talking of studio work again,
and maybe for the last time. With only a few songs the band entered the
ever familiar surroundings of AVAST! Recording Co. and started writing
and recording. Gene Eugene was flown up to mix and co-produce the album,
and what came out was dark and beautiful. As diverse as anything they'd
done before, 'A Picture of the Eighth Wonder' would again challenge even
the most unshakable fans. Even as the album was released, the band spoke
of the last remaining months as Jesse looked to getting married and
moving to New York State. At the same time, other members worked at
full-time jobs, full-time families, and side projects that slowly took
more and more time. In November of '96, Poor Old Lu played it's
'Farewell' concert in Wallingford, WA. As a packed house listened for
the last time to some of their favorite songs, the band reminisced over
lost time, difficult years, wonderful memories, and a strange and bright
future. It was a memorable evening.
Now almost eight years since the beginning roots, and about nine months
since the farewell concert, the band looks again at some possible
releases. Talks with Alarma show a mutual desire to Re-release (for the
second time) the 'Star-Studded-Super-Step' Demo to the general public on
CD. Also, the band plans to mix the recording of the final concert to be
released out on CD as well. And in the future, a glimmer of a
possibility of a hope of a chance that maybe, just maybe, with God's
hand of mercy, another album could be recorded and released by Poor Old