1992:Stress starts to put a group of musicians together to record a demo to properly showcase Christy’s voice and possibly serve as basis for putting together a band. The line-up at the time was Stress (guitar), Christy (vocals) and a friend of Christy’s named Christian (bass).
At the same time, Stress was auditioning drummers for his other band Dead Girlfriend. Drummer, Todd Wyatt, would stop by the studio and listen to auditions while he waited for his drums to be shipped from Connecticut. His drums didnt get there before Dead Girlfriend found a drummer, so, Todd was eventually asked to join the as yet unnamed new band, soon to become i found god. It was quickly discovered that Christian wasn’t fitting in musically, so he was asked to leave. At that time, we did some live-to-cassette demos with a temporary bass player. Stress was listening to the demos at his apartment with Devin Kramer, the bassist/guitarist in his other band, Temporary Insanity. Devin really liked the sound of the band and said he would love to play with us.
1993: We have a band.
Christy (vocals), Stress (guitar), Devin Kramer (bass), Todd Wyatt (drums)
Naming a band sucks. Heres the story - Stress ran into an acquaintance on Sunset Blvd. He was in his bare feet, dirty and mumbling. When he was asked what he was doing, he told Stress, praying, i found god. Stress thought it was ironic, because, really, he had lost his mind and it made him think to name the band that. He has regretted it ever since.
We played our 1st show at the Whisky a Go-Go in August.
1994:We had decided that this band was going to be about having fun and playing the music we wanted and that all the trends and music biz b.s. was unimportant. We did our own 6-song cassette EP that year called “Migraine”. Michael Ciravolo produced it as a favor to Christy. She had sung back-up vocals in a band of his (Congregation) a year or so before. “Migraine” was reviewed in Music Connection magazine. We got several industry phone calls from that review and one of them led us to getting our song “Disconnected” into “Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers”.
1995: i found god starts Outcast
Records and releases their 1st CD,
“Lure”. Later that year, i.f.g. places 2 songs (“Sister”, “The Last Time”) in the soap “The Young And The Restless”. “Lure” is then picked up for
distribution in the UK by Cargo Records. John Dryland from Cargo UK says we were one of the first of the new heavy bands to receive notice
over there. Soon after that, the Korn, Deftones thing took off big. We also probably played the highest number of gigs from ‘95 to ‘96. There is
probably not a club in LA that we didn’t play. Sometimes we played 2 to 3 times a week (which for just playing in LA is a lot).
1996: i.f.g. continues playing all over LA and starts the long process of recording their 2nd CD “before he turned the gun on himself”.
During the recording of “gun”, Devin Kramer leaves the band for personal reasons after his last show at the House of Blues (Aug. 12. 1996).
1997: By default, Stress temporarily picks up the bass and falls into the recording world. Stress finishes and plays the majority of
Devin’s bass lines on “gun” and, at the same time, producer Mike Ciravolo halts the recording process. Stress then takes the masters and, with
little guidance, starts to record the unfinished parts of the CD. Ciravolo came back to help finish and finally mix “gun”. Cargo UK again
distributes the CD in the UK. Unfortunately, the heaviness we brought to the UK on the 1st CD (and the trend it started), hurt the psychedelic and
sometimes lighter side of “gun”. Lesson: a lot of people like the same thing over and over. Realization: We are not that kind of band.
Despite the many setbacks of this year, i.f.g. was asked to appear in and contribute 4 songs to the ABC movie-of-the-week, “The Devil’s Child”,
starring Kim Delaney. Friend, Chris DeFrank (co-author of “Drowning” and, later, “Cannot Stop The Feeling” - in addition to being the artist for
the jesus statue on “What Now?”) stands-in as our “stunt” bass player for the movie.
i.f.g. records the single “Fascination in a Scream” for Cleopatra Records’ compilation CD, “Dracula: King of Vampires”.
Devin is then replaced by Rich Florio. We played some more gigs and, at the end of the year, did the X-Mass 7” “Satan Claus”, again released
ourselves on Outcast and distributed by Cargo.
1998: Todd leaves the band due to personality differences. Friend and drummer, Steve Markowitz, fills in to record our version of “Call
Me” for “New Wave Goes to Hell” on Cleopatra Records and finishes up 3 previous gig commitments. Auditioning local drummers helps us
find Chris Morgeson who replaces Todd. Shortly thereafter, Rich is asked to quit the band, as i.f.g.’s schedule seems too much for him. Of
course, he was in 2 other bands at the time. i.f.g. hold auditions once again. During the short audition process, Stress decides that he can do
the job better than anyone, as he can’t seem to find anyone else willing to put the time or soul into being in this band. Alan Brieder is picked to
replace Stress on guitar and Stress moves to bass. Stress also plays some guitar in the studio sessions for i.f.g.
1999: i.f.g. records and attempts to release CD # 3 “What Now?”
The CD is 1st licensed to a German label called Dream Circle Records, which promises us a European tour. As soon as the deal is finished,
Dream Circle goes under and we never hear from them again. With hopes dashed regarding the European tour, Chris Morgeson grows
despondent and is asked to either show some real commitment (whether or not the band ever does anything “pro”), or quit the band. Drummer
and friend, Jeff Edwards, comes in and finishes gig commitments, then records a single (a cover of U2’s “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me Kill me”)
for Adrenaline Records (Italy). At the same time, Adrenaline decides to license “What Now?” and pays us an advance. Adrenaline changes
the release date 3 times.
2000: Stress and Christy do an unplugged gig for the Shadow Convention at the Democratic National Convention. A half hour after they
play, Rage Against The Machine plays outside and a riot starts. Christy’s sister is shot with a rubber bullet.
Jeff Edwards seems to be just what the doctor ordered to put i.f.g. back on the right path. Jeff is asked to join the band and does. While working
on new material for a 4th CD, i.f.g. is asked to record a song for “The Grinch”. The song is a swing-like piece we did just for fun called “Christmas
Dreaming”. Although the song was not included on the soundtrack CD, it was in the movie that was #1 at the box office for 4 weeks. The song
also went to #1 on the MP3.com Swing Chart in December.
2001: i.f.g. records a song called “Junkyard Joe” for the movie “Rat Race”. DeepSixRecords releases “Junkie Sex Monkey”, a 7” of the
song “Satellite” with “Symptom of the Universe” (originally by Black Sabbath) on the B-side.
Adrenaline Records releases the European version of “What Now?” along with the compilation CD tribute to U2 called “Pride”. “MTV
Undressed” (a teen sex soap) includes several songs on a couple of episodes.
i found god becomes ifg (no more dealing with the religion questions.)
Bassist Sean Hart joins the band, which put Stress back on guitar full-time, finally! The combination of old school punkers Jeff & Sean gave the band an even nastier edge. We start recording our 4th CD “Hellhound On My Trail” in December.