I Voted For Kodos Biography
Some of you already knew this, and a lot of you probably figured it out from the comments on our myspace page and our lack of activity over the past several months. After seven years, we’ve officially decided to call it quits, and for good this time. Some where around the middle of December, I realized that we hadn’t done anything as a band since October. We hadn’t played a show. We hadn’t practiced. Nothing. After we got off stage after our Halloween show, we just stopped doing anything. So I called Lee in December and we talked things over.
Lee and I had a very similar conversation in February 2004 when most of the original line up had quit over the span of a couple of weeks. At that point we decided to piece things back together and keep going with the band. This time around, we both just didn’t have the motivation to try to keep things going. We never really got the industry attention that we had been looking for when we recorded “My New Obsession”. So it seemed like the right time to admit that we had tried really hard, and just come up short of what we’d been shooting for.
We didn’t announce it right away because for a while I just couldn’t bring myself to actually tell anyone. But now it seems like people know, and I finally sold our tour van earlier this week, so it seemed like an appropriate time to let everyone know.
I feel like we did some amazing things over the past seven plus years, especially during the last three and a half when we lived in our van(s) and traveled around the country pretty much none stop. I don’t feel like we failed, and I’ll never regret putting the rest of my life on hold to pursue our dream. I feel grateful for having had the opportunity to meet so many amazing people and travel to so many wonderful cities around the entire country. I know every band says this, but it’s true, it’s all of our amazing fans that made it so worthwhile for myself and for all of us. We love all of you and we’ll never forget all of the great times we had.
That being said, there is some good news. Before we say goodbye to I Voted For Kodos forever, we’ll be playing two last shows. Our final shows will be held May 18th at The Loft in Madison, WI and May 19th at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI for “Skappleton.” If it were up to me, and plane tickets grew on trees, we’d be playing two more farewell shows at Sam’s in San Antonio and Bloomfield in NJ, but things just didn’t quite work out that way. We’ll be playing two extra long sets at the Madison show featuring songs spanning our 7 year history. We’ll also be bringing back an all-star line-up of former and current members to rock your faces off and celebrate all things kodos. Hopefully we’ll see a lot of familiar faces.
As for what we’re up to now, Lee is living in Memphis, TN and picking up where he left off with his film career. Tyler is still keeping it real in Racine and working at a dildo factory (no for real, dude makes dildos and butt plugs). I’m sure he’ll be starting a new band soon enough, and we’ll keep you updated when he does. I’m living in Minneapolis with my girlfriend and I’ve already started working on a couple of new musical projects. I don’t ever plan to stop writing and recording music, so hopefully some of you will be willing to follow me in my non-ska adventures. I’ve started a new band with original iv4k guitarist Chris Holoyda called (firefight) and I’ve also started a solo project called The Faster We Fall. There are demo recordings posted on both sites, so go check them out and let me know what you think. Then add me as a friend so I can win the myspace scene cred game.
Oh yeah, and if you live in the Twin Cities and you’re a musician, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. (firefight) is looking for a bass player and drummer, and I’m always looking for musicians to collaborate with on my solo stuff.
Finally, thanks again to everyone for joining us during our travels. You mean the world to us.
Thanks to Brenton for submitting the biography.
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