Ignite (band)

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Ignite With Full Force 2014 04.jpg
Ignite playing at the With Full Force 2014.
Background information
Origin Orange County, California
Genres Melodic hardcore
Years active 1993 – present
Labels Abacus Recordings
Century Media Records
TVT Records
Revelation Records
Conversion Records
Lost & Found Records
Associated acts Pennywise
Into Another
Website Official site
Members Zoltán "Zoli" Téglás
Brett Rasmussen
Craig Anderson
Brian Balchack
Nik Hill
Kevin Kilkenny
Past members Casey Jones
Joe Foster
Joe Nelson
Randy Johnson
Gavin Oglesby

Ignite is a melodic hardcore band from Orange County, California. Formed in 1993, their commercial breakthrough album came on 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 40 countries.

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 Zoltán "Zoli" Téglás has taken account of such issues as environmental concerns and vegetarianism—common topics found on A Place Called Home. The legacy of state capitalism in Eastern Europe is another recurring theme, in part because of Teglas' Hungarian background.[1] (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 at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, California. 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.[2]

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.

On one of their headlining shows at Persistence Tour 2009 the band announced they were working on a new record. The Pennywise website, on Feb 16, 2010 announced that frontman Zoli Téglás just recently joined Pennywise.[3] Ignite announced on their website a few days before that they are excited for Zoli and his opportunity to sing in Pennywise and tour with them.

The band eventually began touring with Zoli in 2014, and began recording a fifth album.[4]


Current members[edit]

  • Zoli Téglás, (1994-present) – vocals
  • Brett Rasmussen, (1993-present) – bass
  • Brian Balchack, (1998-2000, 2005-present) – guitar
  • Craig Anderson, (1997-present) – drums
  • Nik Hill, (2000, 2003, 2005-present) – guitar
  • Kevin Kilkenny, (2000-2003, 2006-present) – guitar

Previous members[edit]

  • Casey Jones, (1993-1997)
  • Joe Foster, (1993-1998)
  • Joe Nelson, (1993)
  • Randy Johnson, (1994)
  • Gavin Oglesby (1993-1994)


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