Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Ignite


Ignite
Origin
Orange County, California, U.S.
Genres
Hardcore punk
Years active
1993 – present
Labels
Abacus Recordings
TVT Records
Rovers Records
Conversion Records
Lost & Found Records
Website
Official site

Ignite is a hardcore punk band from Orange County, California. Formed in 1993, their commercial breakthrough album came in May 30, 2000, on TVT Records, and was called A Place Called Home. Prior to this release they were well-regarded among hardcore fans, thanks in part to constant touring and having visited over 30 countries.

On July 20, 2005, a deal was announced with Abacus Recordings, a subsidiary label of Century Media Records; the band's album Our Darkest Days was released on the label in May 2006.

Much of their music is socially and politically aware. Ignite actively supports, and has given proceeds to, organizations such as Earth First, Doctors Without Borders, Sea Shepherd, and Pacific Wildlife. Lead singer Zoltan "Zoli" Téglás has taken account of such issues as environmental concerns and vegetarianism—common topics found on A Place Called Home. The legacy of Communism in Eastern Europe is another recurring theme, in part because of Teglas's Hungarian background. (On a hidden track at the end of A Place Called Home and "Our Darkest Days", Teglas sings a traditional folk song in Hungarian to the music of the title track.)

On May 9, 2005, they filmed a live DVD with the support of bands Eightyonedays and A Dying Dream at The Troubadour in Hollywood, CA. Unfortunately the DVD was never released due to some technical problems with the quality. But on April 20, 2008 they gathered footage for an upcoming live DVD of their show in Leipzig, Germany.

On one of their headlining shows at Persistence Tour 2009 the band announced they are currently working on a new record.


Orange County's Ignite aren't another punk rock/hardcore band. They don't wear make up. They don't care about image. They aren't a here today, gone tomorrow flash in the pan. They aren't tired scenesters, clinging desperately to the past. So what, you ask, are Ignite? That's easy.

Ignite, who've been making music together for over 10 years, are a successful, international act with a diehard global following. They've got a proven, rabid fanbase that populates over 30 countries, thanks to their Iron Man tour scheduling. People go crazy for Ignite all over Europe, Australia, South America, and in their native US, and that's why the band lives on the road, bringing the fans what they want and what they need.

Ignite are rock band with hardcore roots, a rock band that supports a series of environmentally and socially conscious groups like Doctors Without Borders, Habitat For Humanity, Sea Shepherds, Project Blue Sea, and Earth First. Ignite have donated the proceeds from a series of seven inches, ten inches, and splits to these causes. They've released three albums, A Place Called Home (2000), Past Our Means (1996) and Call On My Brothers (1995), all of which enjoy a place in the hardcore canon. Our Darkest Days is their latest full-length, and first for Abacus Recordings.

Most importantly, Ignite are a rock band whose music isn't just a vehicle to enact change and to educate. Their music is catchy, well-written, and timeless enough to seep into your brain, your blood, and your heart; these songs will stay with you forever. On Our Darkest Days, Ignite push forward with positive momentum, showing off a matured version of the intelligent, socially and politically aware, melodic brand of hardcore that fans have come to expect. But these aren't songs reserved solely for reckless, rebellious youth or the band's diehard fans. The songs that populate Our Darkest Days will stand the test of time you'll listen to them when you've got kids of your own.

On Our Darkest Days, Ignite have progressed beyond their punk/hardcore foundation. Sure, songs like "Bleeding" and "Let It Burn" have so much energy you'd think singer Zoli Teglas, his longtime co-conspirator Brett Rasmussen, and their crew downed several cases of Red Bull before recording Our Darkest Days, but there is a depth and breadth of focused songwriting on this album. Ignite have paid particular attention to melodic detail and once again, the soaring vocals of Teglas take center stage.

"Having [producer] Cameron Webb behind this album from the pre-production steps to the mastering has brought a great new element to Ignite," reveals Teglas. "He's produced great records, like the last Social Distortion and Motorhead records. He made us think outside of the box and helped take our songwriting up a few notches. He pushed us to get more melodic in the songs." He's right. "Bleeding" sets the tone for the album, with its angry, yet melodic pulse. It's also the band's commentary on our country's occupation of Iraq and the government's agenda. "Poverty For All" represents a sonic and songwriting shift for Ignite. The song, which deals with the political strife and Communism that has plagued Teglas's home country of Hungary, is different because "we have never used this fast beat before and it gives us a refreshing new way to play a fast song," says bassist Rasmussen. "Let It Burn" is sure to be a fan fave, with its heavy breakdown, it message about alcohol abuse, and its gang vocal. But it's that thread of potent melodicism that courses through the song's vein and makes it so memorable. You will hum the melodies of most of these songs days after you've listened to em.

But what makes Ignite appeal to rock fans of all ages and creeds is that Our Darkest Day is, according to Rasmussen, "a great blend of hardcore, punk and rock. Zoli's vocals bring a refreshing singing voice to the growling/screaming dominated hard rock music world. The songs have lyrical content that has meaning and melodies that can be heard."

In today's overpopulated rock music scene, standing out and making yourself memorable are essential survival tools. Ignite have mastered the art of memorable melodies on Our Darkest Days without sacrificing an ounce of intensity, aggression, or heart. -Amy Sciarretto


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