the sPrinG

a story about a little girl, the moon and me.

disco The sPrinG began in October 1997 when johnnie heard the album Eerieconsilliation by ELEVATOR THROUGH HELL for the first time. One of the songs on the ELEVATOR THROUGH HELL album gave johnnie an idea for a character that he could use in a story that could be used as the story around which the music for a story based concept album could be written and that when the songs for the story based concept album had been written they could be recorded and put on a CD that could be accompanied by a story written to accompany the recorded songs that made up the story based concept album that featured the character that johnnie had thought of whilst listening to one of the songs on Eerieconsilliation by ELEVATOR THROUGH HELL for the first time. That was a pretty big idea and one that johnnie thought was good so he thought a bit and came up with some other characters and a bit of a story. He started to write the story, wrote a couple of riffs and asked James (the drummer from the sTriP) to help him record the album. James said yes so they practiced a couple of times and got some music together and johnnie continued to write the story and more songs. The music helped johnnie to write more words, but the words he wrote got him stuck at a critical point. He read the incomplete story to Shahzad of the AhmaDilloes, but Shahzad could not unstick the stuckness of the story. In a despondent mood johnnie described the stickyness of the situation to James who immediately suggested a solution to the sticky situation johnnie had written himself into. The solution suggested by James enabled johnnie to complete the writing of the story that johnnie had been writing to accompany the music that he was writing to provide the backing to the songs that he was trying to write to tell the story that had got stuck writing.

disco After the sTriP broke up johnnie and James decided to record their concept album. In June 1998 they recorded some guitar and drums on a four track cassette tape in a practice studio at Red Tape in Sheffield. johnnie did lots of overdubs over the following few weeks at sPookY sounds and then mixed the first version of the album that at the time was called "the concept album." Although the story was written johnnie felt the album needed more work. Unfortunately all sorts of things happened to delay the completion of the album and the sPrinG split up before the album was finished.
In January 1999 johnnie bought a 16 track reel to reel tape recorder and transferred some tracks from the 4 track recordings to the 16 track and started adding more overdubs. alice helped out by singing and playing recorder on a couple of songs as well as drumming on a song. Eventually the album was finished in March 2000. The story based concept album ended up being called "a story about a little girl, the moon and me" which is the same as the book that accompanies the album and is arguably a better name than "the concept album."

disco In early 2001 johnnie, James and alice decided to write and record more songs. They began to practice regularly as a three-piece with alice and James playing drums and johnnie playing guitar and they wrote lots of new songs. In April 2001 they began recording a second album in Lincoln with further recording in Sheffield in a practice room at Yellow Arch studios. Overdubs were added at sPookY sounds. Some songs from these sessions made up the five track ep "meet me under the sea" released in Sept '01 and the rest remain unfinished.

But Almost Sometime in 2001 johnnie started to compile an album of cover versions of ELEVATOR songs. the sPrinG started to record a cover of the song Forward to Snow during the unfinished sessions for their second album but this like many other songs remained unfinished. As the final release date for the ELEVATOR tribute album drew nearer johnnie and alice recorded a version of Hurricane. As James was not involved in the recording johnnie and alice called themselves almost sPrinG for their contribution to the album.

The sPrinG had talked about gigging, but when alice got pregnant it put an end to the practices and the idea of gigging. The birth of Sloan in August 2002 was followed by the birth of Torin in November 2003 and the sPrinG used the babies as an excuse to leave the recordings unfinished. The songs stayed untouched on tapes for several years, but were transferred to a hard disk recorder just before the reel to reel tape machine died. the sPrinG hoped that the songs would finish themselves, but they didn't. Quillan was born in January 2009 and hepled the sPring by giving them another excuse to leave the songs unfinished.

Eventually someone will get round to finishing them, though at present it is not clear who that someone will be. It is possible that the songs will be left to be finished by the children of the sPrinG.