Nominee – 1996 6th Annual LA Music Awards
L.A. band, female fronted
The supremely heavy I FOUND GOD, commonly known simply as I.F.G., was assembled in Los Angeles sometime during 1992, initially as a trio comprising guitarist Stress, vocalist Christy Gerhart and bassist Christian. Stress was also operating another act in parallel entitled DEAD GIRLFRIEND. The proposed drummer for this band, Todd Wyatt, would be enrolled into I FOUND GOD. Christian would then be asked to leave and a session man was brought in for demos. Soon after Devin Kramer, a member of yet another of Stress’ side actsTEMPORARY INSANITY, took on bass duties.
A six song cassette dubbed ‘Migraine’, produced by Michael Ciravolo ofCONGREGATION, arrived in 1993. Constructing their own record label with the Outcast imprint I FOUND GOD issued the debut album ‘Lure’ in 1995. This inaugural outing, displaying the band’s thick Psychedelic middle eastern infused Sludge, reaped ecstatic reviews across Europe. During recording of a second album, ‘Before He Turned The Gun On Himself’, Devin Kramer decamped, performing his last gig with the band in August of 1996. Stress duly took on the bass mantle for the album sessions. Rich Florio would assume the four string role for recording of a 7â€ single ‘Satan Claus’.
1998 brought about a radical series of line up shuffles for I FOUND GOD. Todd Wyatt bowed out and Steve Markowitz would fill in on drums for a take ofBLONDIE’s ‘Call Me’ donated to the Cleopatra ‘New Wave Goes To Hell’ tribute record. Markowitz would also briefly gig with the band before permanent replacement Chris Morgeson was inducted. Florio was then ejected. This situation resolved itself eventually in Stress opting to take on bass full time and new recruit Alan Brieder coming in on guitar.
A third album ‘What Now?’ was recorded, being licensed to the German Dream Circle label. However, this label subsequently went under and in this time of adversity Morgeson bailed out. Jeff Edwards became the band’s latest drummer as I FOUND GOD signed to the Italian Adrenaline label. First product of this union was a cover version of U2’s ‘Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me Kill Me’ for the homage album ‘Pride’. Unfortunately further delays would result in the release date for ‘What Now?’ being pushed back no less than three times in succession. It eventually surfaced in 2001.
In an odd move I FOUND GOD contributed a swing piece to the blockbuster movie ‘The Grinch’. Although included in the movie the track mysteriously failed to make the official soundtrack album.
A second 7â€ single was delivered in the form of ‘Junkie Sex Monkey’ in 2001 on the Deep Six label. This release paired the track ‘Satellite’ with a rendition ofBLACK SABBATH’s ‘Symptom Of The Universe’. That year the group decided upon a subtle name switch to IFOUNDGOD.
2002 found the band occupied in crafting a fresh studio album provisionally billed as ‘Hellhound On My Trail’.
I Found God C/o Outcast Records 7095 Hollywood Blvd #394 Hollywood 90028 www.cyber-rock.com/ifoundgod