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4th Mar '13 5:41:24 PM justanid
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I Fight Dragons is a {{Chiptune}} rock band from Chicago, formed in 2008. They are notable for combining chiptune music with their standard instruments, and for reprogramming old-school game controllers (like NES Game Pads, Power Pads, {{GameBoy}}s, and RockBand guitars, among others) and playing them as instruments during live shows. They were signed with Photo Finish/Atlantic records from 2010 to 2012, but currently work independently.

They currently have released two [=EPs=] and one full-length album, with many individual songs released through their mailing list.
* ''Cool Is Just A Number'' (2009)
* ''Welcome To The Breakdown'' (2010)
* ''KABOOM!'' (2011)
** ''[=DEMOlition=]'' (2013) - A collection 12 demos written for KABOOM! but didn't make the cut.

Their music has been featured on WWE and Nintendo Video on the Nintendo3DS. The video for the latter, "Save World, Get Girl" is as of October 2012 Nintendo Video's most viewed video.

Their website can be found [[http://www.ifightdragons.com/ here]] and the website for the Advanced Guard, their street team and fanbase, is [[http://ifightdragons.ning.com/ here]].
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!!!Members
* Brian Mazzferri (lead vocals, guitar, {{NES}}, {{GameBoy}}, primary songwriter)
* Bill Prokopow (vocals, keyboards, NES, {{SNES}}, NES Advantage, NES Power Pad, NES Zapper, Rockband Guitar)
* Hari Rao (bass)
* Chad Van Dahm (drums)
* Packy Lundholm (vocals, lead guitar)

!!!Past members:
* Laura Green (vocals, controllers, Power Glove)
* Mike Mentzer (vocals, guitar, controllers)
* Dave Midell (drums)
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!!Tropes
* AutoTune: Usually {{Averted}}, but used to effect in the choral parts of "Working".
* {{Chiptune}}
* ColorCodedCharacters
* CutSong: They recently released ''DEMOlition'' which consists of 12 demos that didn't make it onto ''KABOOM!''
* DevelopmentHell: On a vlog, Brian told an anecdote of how he made a demo track with Greg Wells that their label at the time loved, and a asked Brian to write a song to it. Each version he came up with was rejected by the label as "not being a hit," eventually going through over 18 versions and 7 co-writers over the next year and a half until all parties involved gave up on the track. Brian's last version, "It's Not Me, It's You" was a very blunt "screw you" to the label for making him rewrite the song so many times.
** The MusicVideo to "cRaZie$" experienced some of this, with the band being forced to change effects designers late in production.
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: The band is known for playing various hacked Nintendo controllers and {{GameBoy}}s as instruments. Packy also has a guitar made from an NES.
* FinalLoveDuet: "With You", the last track on ''Cool Is Just A Number''.
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Brian, lead singer and primary songwriter.
** TheLancer: Bill, for the most part. He's been with the group since the beginning, is a bit snarkier than the rest, and he even has a SoloSideProject, Will Post. Packy also has moments.
** TheSmartGuy: Packy, who is the most versatile performer in the group (he plays guitars, drums, bass, keys, performs electronics, and sings.) Bill also qualifies, being a talented mixer and the one who performs most of the electronics during live shows.
** TheBigGuy: Chad, the boisterous drummer.
** TheHeart: Hari is probably the most introverted member, and is (usually) the most polite.
** TheChick: Laura. Since her departure from the group, Hari seems to have taken this role to some degree.
** SixthRanger: Packy and Chad, who replaced former guitarist and drummer Mike and Dave.
* GratuitousLatin: "Suburban Doxology"
* {{Homage}}: The MusicVideo for "cRaZie$" is loving tribute to ''Franchise/EvilDead''.
* HulkSpeak: The title of "Save World, Get Girl." {{Averted}} in the song itself.
* LyricalDissonance: Brian is a big fan of this in his songs. For example, "Heads Up, Hearts Down" is an upbeat anthem that seems to be about [[spoiler:an Orwellian regime]] and "Just Decide" has a fanfare-like melody with lyrics about [[spoiler:commiting suicide in the most non-committed way possible.]]
* MoneyDearBoy: The subject of "Money", obviously.
* MrFanservice: Each of the members have their charms, but special mention goes to Chad for often playing drums topless during live shows.
** MsFanservice: The lovely [[TheChick Laura Green]].
* NotChristianRock: [=IFD=] falls squarely in Geek Rock territory, but many songs use Christian (particularly [[{{ChristianityIsCatholic}} Catholic]]) imagery and symbolism.
** Examples: "(If I Should Die) Before I Wake," "Suburban Doxology," "Angels and Demons."
* ProudToBeAGeek: "The Geeks Will Inherit The Earth".
* RecurringRiff: The chorus of "Welcome To The Breakdown" appears three times on the album of the same name: In the song itself, in a short chiptune version "Proxima Centauri", and in the guitar solo and final chorus of "Just Decide." With the lyrics in mind, it borders on {{leitmotif}}.
* RereleaseTheSong: "I Will Wait For You If You Do For Me" has been recorded and released a total of three times. First time as an acoustic version on Brian's youtube channel, the second time as an exclusive download for fans that were on their mailing address [[spoiler:and as a secret link found on the The War of Cyborg Liberation dog tags]].
* RockOpera: The band has announced that their next album will have a concept and story.
* TitleTrack: "Welcome To The Breakdown" and "KABOOM!" {{Averted}} with ''Cool Is Just A Number''.
* UnpluggedVersion: Several songs such as "Fight For You", "Heads Up Hearts Down", and "I Will Wait For You If You Do For Me" have been released on the internet in acoustic form.
* ZombieApocalypse: The (possible) topic of "cRaZie$". Supported by the MusicVideo.

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I Fight Dragons is a {{Chiptune}} rock band from Chicago, formed in 2008. They are notable for combining chiptune music with their standard instruments, and for reprogramming old-school game controllers (like NES Game Pads, Power Pads, {{GameBoy}}s, and RockBand guitars, among others) and playing them as instruments during live shows. They were signed with Photo Finish/Atlantic records from 2010 to 2012, but currently work independently.

They currently have released two [=EPs=] and one full-length album, with many individual songs released through their mailing list.
* ''Cool Is Just A Number'' (2009)
* ''Welcome To The Breakdown'' (2010)
* ''KABOOM!'' (2011)
** ''[=DEMOlition=]'' (2013) - A collection 12 demos written for KABOOM! but didn't make the cut.

Their music has been featured on WWE and Nintendo Video on the Nintendo3DS. The video for the latter, "Save World, Get Girl" is as of October 2012 Nintendo Video's most viewed video.

Their website can be found [[http://www.ifightdragons.com/ here]] and the website for the Advanced Guard, their street team and fanbase, is [[http://ifightdragons.ning.com/ here]].
----
!!!Members
* Brian Mazzferri (lead vocals, guitar, {{NES}}, {{GameBoy}}, primary songwriter)
* Bill Prokopow (vocals, keyboards, NES, {{SNES}}, NES Advantage, NES Power Pad, NES Zapper, Rockband Guitar)
* Hari Rao (bass)
* Chad Van Dahm (drums)
* Packy Lundholm (vocals, lead guitar)

!!!Past members:
* Laura Green (vocals, controllers, Power Glove)
* Mike Mentzer (vocals, guitar, controllers)
* Dave Midell (drums)
----
!!Tropes
* AutoTune: Usually {{Averted}}, but used to effect in the choral parts of "Working".
* {{Chiptune}}
* ColorCodedCharacters
* CutSong: They recently released ''DEMOlition'' which consists of 12 demos that didn't make it onto ''KABOOM!''
* DevelopmentHell: On a vlog, Brian told an anecdote of how he made a demo track with Greg Wells that their label at the time loved, and a asked Brian to write a song to it. Each version he came up with was rejected by the label as "not being a hit," eventually going through over 18 versions and 7 co-writers over the next year and a half until all parties involved gave up on the track. Brian's last version, "It's Not Me, It's You" was a very blunt "screw you" to the label for making him rewrite the song so many times.
** The MusicVideo to "cRaZie$" experienced some of this, with the band being forced to change effects designers late in production.
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: The band is known for playing various hacked Nintendo controllers and {{GameBoy}}s as instruments. Packy also has a guitar made from an NES.
* FinalLoveDuet: "With You", the last track on ''Cool Is Just A Number''.
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Brian, lead singer and primary songwriter.
** TheLancer: Bill, for the most part. He's been with the group since the beginning, is a bit snarkier than the rest, and he even has a SoloSideProject, Will Post. Packy also has moments.
** TheSmartGuy: Packy, who is the most versatile performer in the group (he plays guitars, drums, bass, keys, performs electronics, and sings.) Bill also qualifies, being a talented mixer and the one who performs most of the electronics during live shows.
** TheBigGuy: Chad, the boisterous drummer.
** TheHeart: Hari is probably the most introverted member, and is (usually) the most polite.
** TheChick: Laura. Since her departure from the group, Hari seems to have taken this role to some degree.
** SixthRanger: Packy and Chad, who replaced former guitarist and drummer Mike and Dave.
* GratuitousLatin: "Suburban Doxology"
* {{Homage}}: The MusicVideo for "cRaZie$" is loving tribute to ''Franchise/EvilDead''.
* HulkSpeak: The title of "Save World, Get Girl." {{Averted}} in the song itself.
* LyricalDissonance: Brian is a big fan of this in his songs. For example, "Heads Up, Hearts Down" is an upbeat anthem that seems to be about [[spoiler:an Orwellian regime]] and "Just Decide" has a fanfare-like melody with lyrics about [[spoiler:commiting suicide in the most non-committed way possible.]]
* MoneyDearBoy: The subject of "Money", obviously.
* MrFanservice: Each of the members have their charms, but special mention goes to Chad for often playing drums topless during live shows.
** MsFanservice: The lovely [[TheChick Laura Green]].
* NotChristianRock: [=IFD=] falls squarely in Geek Rock territory, but many songs use Christian (particularly [[{{ChristianityIsCatholic}} Catholic]]) imagery and symbolism.
** Examples: "(If I Should Die) Before I Wake," "Suburban Doxology," "Angels and Demons."
* ProudToBeAGeek: "The Geeks Will Inherit The Earth".
* RecurringRiff: The chorus of "Welcome To The Breakdown" appears three times on the album of the same name: In the song itself, in a short chiptune version "Proxima Centauri", and in the guitar solo and final chorus of "Just Decide." With the lyrics in mind, it borders on {{leitmotif}}.
* RereleaseTheSong: "I Will Wait For You If You Do For Me" has been recorded and released a total of three times. First time as an acoustic version on Brian's youtube channel, the second time as an exclusive download for fans that were on their mailing address [[spoiler:and as a secret link found on the The War of Cyborg Liberation dog tags]].
* RockOpera: The band has announced that their next album will have a concept and story.
* TitleTrack: "Welcome To The Breakdown" and "KABOOM!" {{Averted}} with ''Cool Is Just A Number''.
* UnpluggedVersion: Several songs such as "Fight For You", "Heads Up Hearts Down", and "I Will Wait For You If You Do For Me" have been released on the internet in acoustic form.
* ZombieApocalypse: The (possible) topic of "cRaZie$". Supported by the MusicVideo.
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24th Feb '13 9:22:01 AM deaconsfan21
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* CutSong: They recently released ''DEMOlition'' which consists of 12 demos that didn't make it onto ''KABOOM!''
22nd Feb '13 8:13:37 AM phoenix64
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* NotChristianRock: [=IFD=] falls squarely in GeekRock territory, but many songs use Christian (particularly [[{{ChristianityIsCatholic}} Catholic]]) imagery and symbolism.

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* NotChristianRock: [=IFD=] falls squarely in GeekRock Geek Rock territory, but many songs use Christian (particularly [[{{ChristianityIsCatholic}} Catholic]]) imagery and symbolism.
22nd Feb '13 8:12:28 AM phoenix64
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* EverythingIsAnInstrument: The band is known for playing various hacked Nintendo controllers and GameBoys as instruments. Packy also has a guitar made from an NES.

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* EverythingIsAnInstrument: The band is known for playing various hacked Nintendo controllers and GameBoys {{GameBoy}}s as instruments. Packy also has a guitar made from an NES.
22nd Feb '13 8:11:25 AM phoenix64
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* NotChristianRock: [=IFD=] falls squarely in GeekRock territory, but many songs use Christian (particularly [[{{ChristianityIsCatholic}} Catholic]]) imagery and symbolism.
** Examples: "(If I Should Die) Before I Wake," "Suburban Doxology," "Angels and Demons."
22nd Feb '13 8:02:36 AM phoenix64
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** TheLancer: Bill, for the most part. He's been with the group since the beginning, is a bit snarkier than the rest, and he even has a solo act, Will Post. Packy also has moments.

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** TheLancer: Bill, for the most part. He's been with the group since the beginning, is a bit snarkier than the rest, and he even has a solo act, SoloSideProject, Will Post. Packy also has moments.
22nd Feb '13 8:00:13 AM phoenix64
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They currently have released two EP albums and one full-length album, with many individual songs released through their mailing list.

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They currently have released two EP albums [=EPs=] and one full-length album, with many individual songs released through their mailing list.
22nd Feb '13 7:59:53 AM phoenix64
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** "DEMOlition" (2013) - A collection 12 demos written for KABOOM! but didn't make the cut.

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** "DEMOlition" ''[=DEMOlition=]'' (2013) - A collection 12 demos written for KABOOM! but didn't make the cut.
22nd Feb '13 7:56:23 AM phoenix64
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** "DEMOlition" (2013) - A collection 12 demos written for KABOOM! but didn't make the cut.
19th Feb '13 6:58:45 PM arrwzyfrrzynhezzi
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