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, GameBoys
, and Rock Band
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 Nintendo 3DS
. 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 here
and the website for the Advanced Guard, their street team and fanbase, is here
- 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)
- Laura Green (vocals, controllers, Power Glove)
- Mike Mentzer (vocals, guitar, controllers)
- Dave Midell (drums)
This band provides examples of:
- Auto-Tune: Usually Averted, but used to effect in the choral parts of "Working".
- Color-Coded Characters
- Cut Song: They recently released DEMOlition which consists of 12 demos that didn't make it onto KABOOM!
- Development Hell: 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 Music Video to "cRaZie$" experienced some of this, with the band being forced to change effects designers late in production.
- Everything Is an Instrument: The band is known for playing various hacked Nintendo controllers and GameBoys as instruments. Packy also has a guitar made from an NES.
- Final Love Duet: "With You", the last track on Cool Is Just A Number.
- Five-Man Band:
- The Leader: Brian, lead singer and primary songwriter.
- The Lancer: Bill, for the most part. He's been with the group since the beginning, is a bit snarkier than the rest, and he even has a Solo Side Project, Will Post. Packy also has moments.
- The Smart Guy: Packy, who is the most versatile performer in the group (he plays guitars, drums, bass, keys, performs electronics, and sings.) Bill also qualifies, being a talented mixer and the one who performs most of the electronics during live shows.
- The Big Guy: Chad, the boisterous drummer.
- The Heart: Hari is probably the most introverted member, and is (usually) the most polite.
- The Chick: Laura. Since her departure from the group, Hari seems to have taken this role to some degree.
- Sixth Ranger: Packy and Chad, who replaced former guitarist and drummer Mike and Dave.
- Gratuitous Latin: "Suburban Doxology"
- For anyone who's curious, the chanting in the middle of the song is "Gloria in excelsis meo, et in suburbia", or "Glory to me in the highest, and in the suburbs"
- Homage: The Music Video for "cRaZie$" is loving tribute to Evil Dead.
- Hulk Speak: The title of "Save World, Get Girl." Averted in the song itself.
- Lyrical Dissonance: 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 an Orwellian regime and "Just Decide" has a fanfare-like melody with lyrics about commiting suicide in the most non-committed way possible.
- Meaningful Name: Burnadette.
- Money, Dear Boy: The subject of "Money", obviously.
- Mr. Fanservice: Each of the members have their charms, but special mention goes to Chad for often playing drums topless during live shows.
- Not Christian Rock: IFD falls squarely in Geek Rock territory, but many songs use Christian (particularly Catholic) imagery and symbolism.
- Examples: "(If I Should Die) Before I Wake," "Suburban Doxology," "Angels and Demons."
- Proud to Be a Geek: "The Geeks Will Inherit The Earth".
- Recurring Riff: 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.
- Rerelease the Song: "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 and as a secret link found on the The War of Cyborg Liberation dog tags.
- Rock Opera: The band has announced that their next album will have a concept and story.
- Title Track: "Welcome To The Breakdown" and "KABOOM!" Averted with Cool Is Just A Number.
- Unplugged Version: 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.
- Zombie Apocalypse: The (possible) topic of "cRaZie$". Supported by the Music Video.