It’s been nearly 20 years since the alternative rock era spawned grunge, garage rock, and funk metal and just as long since then teenagers Sean Lynch, Keith Brush, Jed Wamhoff and Tim Whitmer started their grungy funk rock band Spurge in Billings.
Sean and Keith, who have known each other since kindergarten, formed Spurge in 1991—Sean on guitar, Keith on bass. They added Jed on vocals and guitar and Tim on drums shortly after and grabbed the attention of the musically hungry youth in Montana with their distinctive sound.
The band spent several years in Billings and relocated to Portland, Ore., in 1995. Members disbanded several years later. Sean moved back to Billings where he formed 1090 Club. Keith currently plays in a number of bands in Portland, and Jed plays in Portland’s The Pink Widower. Tim lives in Bozeman.
Spurge members last shared a stage 12 years ago. In the empty Babcock Theatre, where Spurge is slated to perform on Dec. 26, Jed, Sean, Keith and Tim answered questions about the band that helped shape the Billings music scene in the early 1990s.