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1.rocking chair
4.all right (lord knows)
6.cold wind

Calvary and All Right can be heard at www.ifband.com


Feeling a bit camera shy


The three core members of IF met during the summer of 2003 at the Stone Tavern, a local Hollywood bar. Lance Sanders (vocals/guitar/keys) was so amazed by the musical performance, that following the show he introduced himself to the eclectic drum and bass duet, known as Ninja Academy. Ninja Academy featuring Joey Maramba (bass) and Rob Shaffer (drums). The initial conversation between Joey and Lance was about their discontent with the current music scene in Los Angeles and their will to remedy the situation.

Lance, who at the time was playing around town as a solo singer-writer, informed Joey that he wanted to record a demo but couldn't find an appropriate drummer or bass player. In hope that Ninja Academy would back him on his demo, Lance handed over a rough mix to Rob and Joey. Lance admits nervously awaiting a response from the Ninja Academy members. "I couldn't sleep well for days, Ninja Academy inspired me more than any band I had ever seen. It sounds cliché but it really spoke to me." Joey and Rob were both moved by Lance's moody-melancholy songwriting style and both happily agreed to play on Lance's demo. During the recording process Joey, Rob, and Lance became better friends and began co-writing new material. The trio later decided to form a new group called IF, taken from a song lyric from their first EP Shield.

"And it crushes me down and it crushes me down inside. I can't explain why my crippled brain runs wild. And it echoes around and pounds inside your head. Only if... Only if." By the fall of 2003, Joey and Lance had joined forces to embark on their initial mission of sparking a Los Angeles art/music community. Lance was currently living at Hangar 1018, a downtown urban warehouse that would soon become the host for eclectic art venues. Nathan Cartwright, Hangar 1018's Art Director assembled local painters and multimedia artist to display their work at IF's inaugural show. The show was an instant success, all 6,000 square feet of the Hangar was packed with bodies.

Since the inaugural show both IF and the Hangar's popularity continue to grow. The Hangar 1018 continues to hold sold out events and has since started an independent record label that represents some of Los Angeles most creative minds. IF continues to write powerful 'moody-melodic' music that has won them respect from their fans and peers.