The Early Days

 


Before JoyE, Ronnie was in quite a few bands. In 1988 Ronnie and his brother Jason (Of Starflyer 59 fame) formed "Link of the Haunted" which was changed to "Two Lads" (They played at their high school's senior banquet under this name). A year later, they tried a new project, a rock and roll band, and called it "The Chant" or, some say, "The Chant of the Flowered Underground". They changed the name to "Morella's Forest" before signing to Narrowpath Records. Ronnie played guitar, Jason played drums, and a friend of theirs named Randi Lamb played bass. They recorded a 10-song album, but wanted to re-record it. Before they could get around to it, though, something happened and it never went through. Some say the label fell apart, some say the band split up. The name "Morella's Forest" (inspired by CS Lewis, according to Jason Martin) was then taken by another band, which miffed the brothers at first, but now they are all right with it.

The two brothers tried another band together. At first they called it "Love Children" but it was changed to "Dance House Children" when they signed to Blond Vinyl Records...