Lithium was a local Montgomery Alabama area metal band who actively performed around the Montgomery area between the years of 1998-2003. This is a page where I have decided to put up these demos of our songs recorded between 2000 and 2003, including some stuff that is just me demoing for the band, as a repository for these old files, so they won't be lost or forgotten. The tapes may die sometime, but the music won't.
(the story as best as I can remember it)
In 1998, Hawk formed a metal band and called it Lithium. I don't know much more than this as I am not him. The band stayed with the original lineup till sometime in 2000, that's where I come in (and these Demos).
In late 2000, around September, I was playing in a band called Moonlight Rose, soon to change out name to No Relations. Next thing I know, I'm getting on the bus in the afternoon, and two of the friends of my bandmates told me that the band is over because the lead singer became too pushy (ah yes, the dreaded Lead Singer's Disease....haven't they got a vaccine for that yet!?!?).
Anyway, it was not more than a week before I recieved a call from Daniel, telling me that a guy who goes to his church was looking to hire some guys for his band for an upcoming tour, and of course, they were trying out my former lead singer, Slick Johnson.
This lineup, plus drummer pal from Slick and Daniel's old band Vehement created the initial lineup of Lithium that I was in. The oldest recordings were made during this era, most in Daniel's garage, the rest in the journalist's basement. The Journalist also provided background vocals on early demos of Crystal.
In late December 00', Hawk had a car accident, and the band went on hiatus for about 2 months. In this time, Zach, Daniel, and Bobby quit, leaving us to continue on without them. We soon recruited a cool chap by the name of Brian Suneson on Bass by February 01'. However, finding a drummer proved problematic till Lithium found a practice space at Treasure House studios in Montgomery, and we met Tony Castaldo.
Tony played with Lithium at our first gig with the new lineup during May of 2001 at Auburn University of Montgomery, and soon thereafter recorded demos of Crystal and a cover of Metallica's "Creeping Death" before leaving us. The single "Crystal" was released on The FOXX radio station in Montgomery for their local band show. Soon again, Lithium went on another hiatus however, till late 2001.
In July 01', we added David Tollerud to the lineup, and soon thereafter, drummer Wayne. The band marched on through 6 months on this lineup, and recorded our second publically heard demo including the songs Empyre, Crystal, Babylon, and a cover of Black Sabbath's N.I.B. This lineup lasted till December. David fired Brian, and in turn quit the band, leaving us once again on a search for band members.
In Mid-2002, Lithium reformed again, now with a new drummer named Larry, and Brian rehired. We now added more songs to the repritoire, many of which were written by me during the off-time. By September, we were ready for AUM's next festival, and played a huge gig in one of the meeting rooms, which was one of our best performances ever, and was videotaped (sorry, I have no copy of the video tape, maybe someday Brian will get in touch and be willing to have it transferred into Digital in some way, I can do it).
After the concert, nothing was heard of from any of the band members again, everyone seemed to have faded in their own direction. Hawk decided to try and reform in early 2003, but buttloads of friggin Drama tore the remaining founding members of the band apart....and that's where Lithium ends, and post Lithium M.J., and the years of Mad-Mike begin.....
Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Pantera, Metallica, Black Sabbath/Ozzy Osbourne, Dio, Dream Theatre, Kittie, Korn, Limp Bizcut, Sum41, Halfcocked, Iron Maiden