Monday, December 3, 2012
The band was formed in 1989 under the name Razzle. The group released a demo tape in 1990 and an EP entitled New Vibe Revolution in 1993. Razzle dissolved in 1993 and became Stain in 1994, which had a much harder and heavier sound. They released a demo tape in 1995 and eventually signed with Malicious Vinyl in 1995. Due to another band owning the name, they changed their name to Lit in 1996.
Malicious Vinyl went out of business shortly after Tripping the Light Fantastic was released, which left the band unsigned once again. They spent their time writing a new batch of songs and showcasing for various record labels until they signed with RCA Records in 1998.
On May 5, 2008 it was announced that Lit's drummer, Allen Shellenberger, was diagnosed with a malignant glioma (brain tumor). On July 26, 2008, Lit held a benefit for Allen at House Of Blues in Anaheim, California. A number of bands performed including Sugar Ray and Handsome Devil. No Doubt drummer Adrian Young filled in for Shellenberger on the drums for a few songs. Both drummers also played at the same time for a few songs. Shellenberger died on August 13, 2009, at the age of 39.
On November 27, 2009, Lit officially announced that Nathan Walker would be the new drummer for Lit and that writing had begun on a new album.
A. Jay Popoff – lead vocals (1989–present)
Jeremy Popoff – lead and rhythm guitars, backing vocals (1989–present)
Kevin Baldes – bass guitar, backing vocals (1989–present)
Nathan Walker – drums, percussion (2009–present)
Allen Shellenberger – drums, percussion (1989–2009)
Sean Holland – guitar (1989–1992)
Chadd Anthony (Chad Benekos) – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1992–1995)
Ryan Gillmor – rhythm and lead guitars, keyboards, backing vocals (2010–2012)
Tripping the Light Fantastic (1997)
A Place in the Sun (1999)
The View from the Bottom (2012)