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Lines Into Phoenix

Lines Into Phoenix

Lines Into Phoenix


Lines Into Phoenix started out in late 2003 as a three piece group from Juanita, a suburb right outside of Kirkland, WA. The three founding members, Tory Baird, Victor Olavarria, and Brandon Cowan each attended the same school and lived in the same neighborhood. The band started out with the name "Abeyance," but when Ian Hanlon joined the band was renamed to Lines Into Phoenix because Ian Hanlon thought “it was a dumb idea to have a name which nobody in the group could define on cue”, so he changed it. Read more on Last.fm
Lines Into Phoenix started out in late 2003 as a three piece group from Juanita, a suburb right outside of Kirkland, WA. The three founding members, Tory Baird, Victor Olavarria, and Brandon Cowan each attended the same school and lived in the same neighborhood. The band started out with the name "Abeyance," but when Ian Hanlon joined the band was renamed to Lines Into Phoenix because Ian Hanlon thought “it was a dumb idea to have a name which nobody in the group could define on cue”, so he changed it. Tory Baird's brother, Chase, was working on a project called "Backorder" at the time, but decided he wanted to do something harder, more influenced by bands like “Thrice” and “At the Drive-In” than by whatever the guys in Backorder were listening to, so he started playing with Abeyance (Lines Into Phoenix) as a second guitarist. This is about where Ian Hanlon came into the picture.

At this point, Abeyance had recorded a demo with Brandon Cowan doing lead vocals and Tory Baird screaming in the background. The group decided they needed a lead singer, so they started asking around. It turned out that Abeyance and Ian Hanlon both knew Gavin Phillips: they knew him from playing shows with his band, “This Providence”, and Ian Hanlon knew him from the first band I was ever in, “Three for Nothing.” They had called him asking if he knew anyone who could sing, and he gave them Ian Hanlon’s phone number. At this point Ian Hanlon became the official lead singer for Lines Into Phoenix. Line Into Phoenix recorded a demo with Casey Bates at Johnny Cab Studios (Gatsby's American Dream, This Providence, Daphne Loves Derby, Forgive Durden).

Lines Into Phoenix put up a PureVolume.com account and started playing shows in the area, mainly at teen centers and bowling alleys, but didn’t have any real promotion other than word of mouth. Spencer Mertel (Danger: Radio, Coma, Man Without Wax) joined Lines Into Phoenix, giving them “a richer and fuller sound with his keyboards and interest in experimental sound, along with his wild stage presence.” After several months spent playing shows Lines Into Phoenix went back into the studio to record their debut EP, Aries. Things started to fall apart when Victor Olavarria had been accepted to the Berklee School of Music over in Boston and decided that he was going in a different musical direction than the band. Chase Baird went on a branch of the Gatsby's American Dream summer tour. Spencer Mertel started working heavily on his solo project Coma.

Tory Baird learned every song that The Fall of Troy had ever written. Brandon Cowan and Ian Hanlon start to drift from the band. When Victor Olavarria left, not only did the band lose good drummer, but they lost their practice space. With nowhere to play, no shows, and no drummer, they started to lose hope. After two months of uncertainty though, Spencer Mertel came through. He introduced the band to an old friend of his who played the drums: Aaron Voros.

We tried Aaron out, liked his style, and invited him to join the band. From there, Lines Into Phoenix decided that since none of them were able to get their business together enough to balance being in a band with the rest of their lives it was above and beyond time that they found someone committed to doing it for them. They had previously played a couple of shows with a band from Bellingham, WA called “Wilholm Knoxx” and had since gotten to know them and their manager, Ryan Ainsworth, well. Ryan was moving into the Seattle area and looking to do a little more networking, so they asked him to be their manager. Though after sometime Lines Into Phoenix broke up after their band life and real life became too conflicting. Spencer Mertel joined “Blane” as the lead singer/keyboardist and shortly afterwards renamed to “Man Without Wax” and Victor Olavarria joined the band “Jangaship” as the drummer.

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