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Spreading Indiana Music

A buddy, thanks Brendan!, sent me a link to a cool blog called South Bend Power 90s documenting, as the title might suggest, bands from the 90s who also happened to live in South Bend/Notre Dame.

I was briefly part of the South Bend scene (89-92ish) and know some of these bands. In particular check out Brian, Colin and Vince, still one of my favorite Indiana bands, ever. Brian Muller was, and hopefull still is, an amazing songwriter. Also check out Victoria's Real Secret who went on to achieve some fame later as Sweep The Leg Johnny after some members moved to Chicago. Another band of note was Chisel featuring Ted Leo that later moved to DC and had a good deal of success before Ted went "solo" and now heads up one the better current Indie rock bands- Ted Leo and the Pharmacists.

Check it out!

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Comment by Chris Menkhaus on July 6, 2009 at 11:12am
i was in a subset of the next generation of the south bend scene. the band i was in was called "nine days' wonder" and we were around from 92 to 94. we played mostly all ages places because half the band was in high school and the other half were still under 21. it was amazing because as soon as we started playing shows a bunch of other bands formed and suddenly there was a mini-scene complete with rivalries and such. i wonder if there is anyone here from any of those bands...
Comment by Mike Beam on July 2, 2009 at 9:59am
Chris - you are incredible. When you sneeze, do DM51 songs fly across the room?
Comment by Jon Konrath on July 2, 2009 at 9:13am
I went to IUSB in 90-91 and marginally hung out in SB for summers from roughly 89-95 (I lived in Elkhart) but I had absolutely no idea there was a music scene, aside from listening to crappy pop on U-93...
Comment by Jeb Banner on July 2, 2009 at 8:10am
yeah, they definitely fit that time frame!
Comment by Chris Menkhaus on July 2, 2009 at 7:54am
i have a bunch of recordings from "Way Past Tense". i think they fit the timeframe and they were my favorite band at the time.
Comment by Jeb Banner on July 1, 2009 at 10:55pm
yeah, I was totally in Indy by then but yes, I was part of the IU South Bend and Notre Dame scenes as much as there were scenes back then and there. Dennys was where a lot of people hung out besides around Notre Dame.

Here's a link to Brian, Colin and Vince's band on the MFT Archive.

Listen to

Spectacles, Stop Playing Hard To Get, Unreal Bubba

great 4 track dorm room stuff.
Comment by Brian Wyrick on July 1, 2009 at 10:41pm
I didn't know you where briefly part of the South Bend scene! So was I from 99-2003ish :) Mara'akate formed there - we use to drive to South Bend from Muncie every weekend!

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