Ignite (band)

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.

Ignite playing at the Reload Festival 2015.
Background information
OriginOrange County, California
GenresMelodic hardcore
Years active1993 – present
LabelsAbacus Recordings
Century Media Records
TVT Records
Revelation Records
Conversion Records
Lost & Found Records
Associated actsPennywise
Into Another
WebsiteOfficial site
MembersZoltán "Zoli" Téglás
Brett Rasmussen
Craig Anderson
Brian Balchack
Kevin Kilkenny
Past membersNik Hill
Casey Jones
Joe Foster
Joe Nelson
Randy Johnson
Gavin Oglesby

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 Soviet Communism in Eastern Europe is another recurring theme, in part because of Teglas' Hungarian background.[1]


On May 9, 2005, they filmed a live DVD at The Troubadour with A Dying Dream and Eightyonedays 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.[3]

The band toured in Europe in 2008.[4] They headlined shows at Persistence Tour 2009. The Pennywise website, on Feb 16, 2010 announced that frontman Zoli Téglás just recently joined Pennywise.[5]

The band eventually began touring with Zoli in 2014, and began recording the fifth album A War Against You.[6]


Current members

  • Zoli Téglás (1994–2019) – vocals
  • Brian Balchack (1998-2000, 2005–present) – guitar
  • Kevin Kilkenny (2000-2003, 2006–present) – guitar
  • Brett Rasmussen (1993–present) – bass
  • Craig Anderson (1997–present) – drums

Previous members

  • Joe Nelson (1993-1994) - vocals
  • Randy Johnson (1994) - vocals
  • Nik Hill (2000, 2003, 2005–2015) – guitar
  • Joe Foster (1993-1998) - guitar
  • Gavin Oglesby (1993-1994) - guitar
  • Casey Jones (1993-1997) - drums


Studio albums

Other releases

  • Where They Talk EP (1994) Ringside Records
  • Slapshot / Ignite split (1994) Lost & Found Records
  • Battery / Ignite split (1994) Lost & Found Records
  • In My Time EP (1995) Lost & Found Records
  • Call On My Brothers (1995) Conversion Records
  • Ignite / Good Riddance split (1996) Revelation Records
  • Past Our Means EP (1996) Revelation Records
  • Straight Ahead (1997) Rovers Records
  • Ignite / X-Acto split (1997) Ataque Sonoro Records
  • Sea Shepherd Conservation Society EP (1999) Vacation House Records

Compilation appearances


  1. Band web site, "Bio" page Archived 2010-02-17 at the Wayback Machine
  2. Band web site, "DVD Update" Archived 2008-10-14 at the Wayback Machine
  3. "Ignite (Brett Rasmussen)". NoiseFull, interview 07/09/2012
  4. " Ignite Releasing Their First Live DVD". Anti-Music, 04/06/2012
  5. "Pennywise officially names Zoli Teglas of Ignite as new vocalist." Punknews.org. February 16, 2010.
  6. "IGNITE Begins Recording Fifth Album". 5 June 2014.
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