I Voted for Kodos

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I Voted for Kodos
Also known asIV4K
OriginMadison, Wisconsin, United States
GenresSka punk, pop punk, rock
Years active1999–2007
LabelsSnapdragon Records (US)
Kick Rock Music (Japan)
Associated acts(Firefight), Remember the Maine
WebsiteIV4K.com as seen in December 2007
Past membersRick Bisenius
Lee Gordon
Tyler Christensen
Chris Holoyda
Ross Gilliland
Troy Riechenberger
Nick Rydell
Andy Anderson

I Voted for Kodos (often abbreviated IV4K) was an American ska punk and pop punk band, signed to Snapdragon Records.


The band was founded in Madison, Wisconsin in 1999, after the singer-trombonist Rick Bisenius met the guitarist Chris Holoyda at a Reel Big Fish concert.[1] They began playing together when they were in high school and college.[2] The band's name comes from The Simpsons episode, "Treehouse of Horror VII", in which Homer Simpson says, "Don't blame me — I voted for Kodos."[3] Although known for their tongue-in-cheek material (they have noted that celery is the band's official vegetable), their song lyrics have also tackled serious issues such as murder and teenage depression.[1] Their first album, Close Enough for Ska, is considered the success story of a small independent record label, Close to Nothing, which was founded by three teenagers.[4] The band later signed with Snapdragon Records from Milwaukee and released My New Obsession. Snapdragon Records later re-released all IV4K albums and a "compilation of unreleased and best of" songs.

The band members began shows with informal instruction on how to skank so that the audience would appreciate the style of dance associated with ska music.[1] They toured nationally from 2003-2006, and were placed number 7 in PureVolume's top ten unsigned bands in the US.[5] The band played the 2004–2006 Vans Warped Tours, and the music critic Joe Lynch described their 2006 performance as "freewheeling and energetic".[6] During a separate national tour in early 2006, one music journalist wrote that the band "uses a hot horn section, plenty of guitar and on-the-mark lyrics to fuel a high-energy show."[7]

The band stopped working together in 2007, although Bisenius and Holyda continued to collaborate on a new band, Firefight, and Bisenius began a solo project, The Faster We Fall.[8]

On Nov. 30th 2013, the band played in Madison, WI and released a 7" called "Dear Chris Demakes, I'm Also Never Going Back to New Jersey." I Voted for Kodos had a successfully funded Kickstarter on July 31, 2014 to record an E.P. called "Start Your Own Scene." [9] Also in 2014, the band played shows in New York and Madison, WI.[10]

Line up[edit]

  • Rick Bisenius (1999–2007) – lead vocals, trombone, alto saxophone (2005, 2013), tenor saxophone (2000), Moog, piano
  • Lee Gordon (1999-2007) - mellophone, backing vocals, rhythm guitar, French horn (2003-2007), synthesizer
  • Nick Rydell (1999–2004, 2007) - alto saxophone, tenor saxophone (2003-2004)
  • Tyler Christensen (2004-2007) - lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Chris Holoyda (1999-2004, 2007) - lead guitar, synthesizer
  • Ross Gilliland (1999-2005, 2007) - bass guitar, upright bass
  • Troy Riechenberger (2004-2005, 2007) - drums

Past members[edit]

  • Dave Bartov (2000–2003) - trumpet
  • Tom Kaboski (2000–2003) - tenor saxophone
  • Andrew "Dafe" Fenton (2000–2004) - lead guitar
  • Calum Lugton (2004–2006) - lad guitar, alto saxophone, backing vocals
  • Mo Ollig (2004-2005) - bass guitar
  • Seamus Arena (2005-2006) - bass guitar
  • Michael Pulling (2006–2007) - bass guitar, keyboards, theremin, Mellotron
  • Andrew Anderson (1999–2003) - keyboards, piano, trumpet
  • Paul Reinke (1999–2004) - drums
  • David Gage (2005-2006) - drums

Touring members[edit]

  • Brian Lee (1999) - alto saxophone
  • Aaron Joneson (2000) - tenor saxophone
  • Tim Ford (2000–2001) - drums
  • Keith Cronin (2001–2002) - bass guitar
  • Dustin Frost (2004) - trombone
  • Andy Christoffersen (2004) - drums
  • Adam Dettwiler (2004) - bass guitar
  • Jim Bower (2005) - trombone
  • Rick Reichenberger (2005) - bass guitar, keyboards
  • Jeremy Braband (2005–2006) - bass guitar
  • Tim Lappin (2006) - bass guitar
  • Devin Munson (2005) - drums
  • JT Turret (2005–2006) - keyboards
  • Andrew Singer (2006) - bass guitar





  • 2003: Kicked Squat in the Nuts (Danger Zone Records)
  • 2006: Best of Minnesota Punk & Ska Compilation
  • 2007: If You Can't Make It Big.....Just Give Up! (Snapdragon Records)


  1. ^ a b c Kassulke, Natasha (25 January 2001). "I Voted for Kodos close enough for ska". Wisconsin State Journal. p. 22.
  2. ^ Beal, Jim (29 June 2005). "Ayala left mark on local music scene". San Antonio Express-News. p. 4G.
  3. ^ Leonard, John (20 October 2006). "Things That Go Clunk in the Night". New York. pp. 98–99. Retrieved 2008-01-28.
  4. ^ Barnett, Samuel (12 March 2001). "Despite its name, this independent record label built by three Valparaiso teenagers could soon become ... really something". Post-Tribune. p. D1.
  5. ^ Thomas, Rob (16 September 2004). "Kodos wins the vote at battle of the bands". Wisconsin State Journal. p. 2.
  6. ^ Lynch, Joe (21 June 2006). "Music lovers of all kinds unite on Warped Tour". Wisconsin State Journal. p. D1.
  7. ^ "Night after night". San Antonio Express-News. 10 February 2006. p. 17H.
  8. ^ "Break-ups: I Voted for Kodos (2003–2007)". Punknews.org. 17 March 2007. Retrieved 29 January 2008.
  9. ^ "IV4K: New Record". 31 July 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  10. ^ "I Voted For Kodos @ Cake Shop, NYC – 5.31.14". 9 June 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014.

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