Thursday, May 11, 2006

Austin Band Takes Darkness To Great Lengths

AUSTIN, Tex. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One way to make sure you don’t get your songs played on pop radio stations is to give your band a very long name.

Historically, the pop charts just don’t have room for a band with a name like this one: I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness.

Chris Goyer, frontman for I.L.Y.B.I.C.D., says the group may not be the next big pop thing, but the long name hasn’t hurt its underground credibility, either.

In his words, “We get a lot of people who tell us we’re their favorite new band based on our name alone.”

The Austin, Texas-based band’s first full-length record, Fear Is On Our Side, features dark, melodic tunes that the critics love – and Goyer says fans do too. In fact, he says once fans get past the wordy, maudlin name, they usually praise the band’s “'80s sound.”

But Goyer denies the nod to that decade is intentional, claiming, “If we sound like an '80s band, it’s not something we try to be or set out to sound like. But I have heard that comment more than once, so maybe there’s something to it.”

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