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Lines Into Phoenix


Lines Into Phoenix

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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.

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  • MFNA

    I'm going to make out with Ian someday.

    24 Aug 2007 Reply

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