I Fight Dragons

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I Fight Dragons
Also known as IFD
Origin Chicago, Illinois, USA
Genres Pop rock, chiptune, Pop Punk, Electronic rock, Synthpop, Nintendocore
Years active 2009–present
Labels Photo Finish / Atlantic Records (2010 - 2012)
Website www.ifightdragons.com
Members Brian Mazzaferri
Hari Rao
Packy Lundholm
Chad Van Dahm
Past members Laura Green
Mike Mentzer
Dave Midell
Bill Prokopow

I Fight Dragons is a rock band from Chicago.[1][2] Their music is a combination of pop/rock with chiptune, featuring electronic sounds made using Nintendo Game Boys and Nintendo Entertainment Systems. To date they have released one full length album: 2011's "KABOOM!" which came out on Photo Finish / Atlantic Records. In addition, they have also released two EPs, 2009's Cool Is Just a Number and 2010's Welcome to the Breakdown.[3] Their music has been featured on Nintendo Video as well as on the WWE. They have toured the USA with mc chris and Whole Wheat Bread in 2009, 3OH!3, Cobra Starship, and Travie McCoy in 2010, The Protomen in 2011, and they were on the entire 2012 Vans Warped Tour. They went on their first national headlining tour, "The War of Cyborg Liberation Tour" with openers MC Lars and Skyfox in 2012. From 2010 until 2012 they were signed to Photo Finish / Atlantic Records, but in fall 2012 they won their release from the label.[4]

History[edit]

Cool Is Just A Number (2009-2010)[edit]

I Fight Dragons was formed in 2008, with five members all hailing from Chicago. Their first E.P. Cool Is Just a Number was self-released in 2009. In June, 2009, Mike Mentzer left the band to pursue his own solo career and was replaced by Packy Lundholm, who had played drums on the band's first EP, and has since played lead guitar in the band. On July 25, 2009, I Fight Dragons headlined the Metro in Chicago for the first time.[5] This show was captured as a Live DVD, and a limited run of 500 numbered and signed copies of the DVD, entitled "Dragon Fight!", were released in January 2010.[6] In August 2009, Dave Midell left the band to pursue humanitarian causes. Chad Van Dahm was brought in as the new drummer.

The band signed with manager J.J. Italiano[7] and with booking agent Gabriel Apodaca of The Agency Group.[8] in September 2009, signing their first major label contract. I Fight Dragons went on their first National Tour with punk group Whole Wheat Bread and nerdcore-hiphop artist MC Chris in October of that same year. They played 45 US shows from Oct. 1st to Nov. 24th.[9]

Welcome To The Breakdown (2010)[edit]

I Fight Dragons signed with Photo Finish / Atlantic Records in early 2010, and went on to appear on the MTV "Too Fast For Love" tour, opening for 3OH!3, Cobra Starship, and Travie McCoy from April–June 2010.[10] In his June, 2010, concert review, Rick Florino described the band as "one of the most unique, uplifting and unforgettable new acts on the scene."[11] World Wrestling Entertainment announced that their song "Money" from their 2009 E.P. Cool Is Just a Number would be used as the theme song for the inaugural WWE Money In The Bank Pay Per View.,[12] which helped to boost the bands popularity.

On November 27, 2010, I Fight Dragons released their second EP, Welcome to the Breakdown. They indicated that this EP consisted of songs written for their Photo Finish / Atlantic Records debut album, but which ended up not having a place on the album and so were released as an EP instead.

KABOOM (2011-2012)[edit]

KABOOM was released October 24, 2011. Its third single Save World Get Girl was released May 3, 2012 and was featured on Nintendo Video in late 2012.

Kickstarter Album / The Near Future (2013-Present)[edit]

On January 17, 2013 cRaZie$ was released as the third and final single from KABOOM. The band was in the studio recording new music for an EP to be released in 2013. Soon after, the band launched a wiki, aptly titled DragoNet. The Band also released an internet-only album composed of demos from 2010 and 2011 that were in various stages of development, but for various reasons never made it on KABOOM titled DEMOlition: Songs That Didn't Make It On KABOOM. In March 2013, lead singer Brian announced that the EP had turned into a full album and that a release date would be announced soon. The album will be funded through Kickstarter and will be called The Near Future. On June 21, 2013 Move was released as a single and the music video features the four heroines of Phantom Breaker: Battlegrounds. On June 13, 2014, the band announced that the release date for The Near Future would be September 16, 2014 and released the track No Strings.

Cultural references[edit]

  • I Fight Dragons wrote the theme song for the TV Show The Goldbergs, which is currently airing Tuesday nights on ABC. The song is called "Rewind" [13]
  • Their song "No Kontrol" was featured in commercials for season 14 of Big Brother in 2012.[14]
  • Their song "Heads Up, Hearts Down" was featured in the series finale of The Hills.[15]
  • Their song "Disaster Hearts" was featured in a long-form commercial for NCIS.[16]

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