Madison, WI | Listen
Upon returning to his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin after living in Portland, Oregon for two years, Jon Stover [Echoes of Empire, Grandstand] knew he wanted to start a new rock group. With influences ranging from classic rock to more modern but timeless punk sounds, he crafted a small batch of songs and began rehearsing with his reunited friend and previous Joshua Circle band mate, drummer Andy Christoffersen [I Voted for Kodos] in the fall of 2010.
The two practiced for a few weeks, and then decided it was time to begin the hunt for potential band mates. Enter Brian Koderl. Stover and Koderl had known each other since high school, but had lived in different cities since then and had not played much music together before now. Jon and Andy presented Brian with their selection of songs, and Brian was hooked. The three began rehearsing where Andy lived, writing new material and sculpting their sound. It was not long until the trio sought another tone to add to their arsenal.
The three were aware of pianist/vocalist Luke Crary [A Gnarly Swell, Future Robotz], a performer capable of adding the sounds they were seeking. Jon personally had witnessed his harmonic skill during high school, in addition to being room mates at UW Eau Claire their freshman year of college. Luke was invited to join the sonic exploration, and he accepted this invitation with a quick hand and an even quicker ear for melody. It was during this time that the four moved rehearsals over to Rex’s Rock Ranch, an undisclosed East side studio run by the official IaD roadies/engineers/pyro-techs, Ross and Rex Koderl.
The group played with a two other bassists over the course of the year, but eventually came to realize they needed a permanent low end-ist to round out their audio onslaught. Jon reached out to the infamous Dusty Lustful [Bears Climb Mountains]; a seasoned musician from Winona, Minnesota. I am Dragon had played shows with his previous project Bears Climb Mountains. Dustin soon provided the thumping bass lines necessary to get the people moving.