Igor Spectre was a rock and roll band from 2000-2018. The members' record collections included works from The Damned, The New York Dolls, Rocky Horror, David Bowie, Adicts, Pixies, Radiohead, Meat Loaf, T. Rex, Buzzcocks, and an audio cassette of your mom getting drunk with Wayne Newton.

Igor formed in January 2000 under the moniker "Igor Spectre and The Phantoms" as Robert James (vocals), Braxus Bane (guitar), Knox Velour (bass), and Stygian Philter (keys). Knox Velour was replaced by Gary Doom of Total Chaos, which lasted for 2 entire rehearsals. The next incarnation of the lineup was mid-summer 2000 with the replacement of Knox Velour with Noxious Conundrum on bass and the addition of Numinous Abyss AKA John Avenetti on drums. First show was October 31st, 2000 at Penn's in Redlands, to a sellout Halloween crowd.

In March 2001 the band dropped the "And The Phantoms" and recorded their first EP, BEAUTIFUL DEAD LITTLE GIRL, featuring songs BLOOD WHORE, RELEASE THE HOUNDS, and BEAUTIFUL DEAD LITTLE GIRL and proceeded to play shows until late 2001 when Stygian Philter (keys) left the band due to creative differences with Noxious Conundrum (bass). Avenetti (drums) left shortly thereafter to pursue academia and to get married. Mario "Looney" Navarro took over on drums and the band continued to rehearse at an Walnut office space and play various shows until November 2002 when Navarro left the band due to creative differences with Robert James (vocals). Navarro was replaced by Steve Alvarado in December of 2002 and the band found new energy and a new rehearsal space that wasn't an office space.

In July 2003, Igor Spectre began recording their first LP with the songs FANGS OUT FIRST, PREYING MANTIS, and the Bowie cover ZIGGY STARDUST, all recorded by the incomparable Pat Lydon. Throughout 2003 and most of 2004, the band developed and recorded their first LP, titled WE MISS THE RUSSIANS, and continued to play live shows in and around Los Angeles. Mixing on the LP commenced in September 2004, under the watchful ear of Earle Mankey, legendary musician and producer for/with such acts as Concrete Blonde, The Sparxx, The Cramps, The Runaways, The Troggs, The Beach Boys, and many many more.

In 2005, drummer Tim Kinzy AKA "Sonny X" took over for Steve Alvarado. In 2007, drummer Santos De Leon took over for Tim Kinzy. In 2008, Mary Sonic Woo (keys) joined the band and long-time bassist Noxious Conundrum left the band and bassist Adam Bomb joined the band and Igor released their second LP, TRAMPS IN STEREO.

In 2010, bassist Greg took over for Adam Bomb and drummer Mikey Mayhem took over for Santos De Leon. In 2011, drummer Tim Kinzy returned briefly, taking over for Mikey Mayhem, and bassist Dan took over for Greg and Igor Spectre released their third studio LP, STEAK, SEAFOOD, SALAD, SATAN!

In 2013, Igor Spectre decided to call it quits, citing the end of television show Gilmore Girls as the primary reason, even though the dates don't line up and you shouldn't be trying. In 2016, Igor returned with their fourth and final studio LP, TONIGHT IS ALL WE'LL EVER HAVE, with Tim Kinzy turning in drums for the album and then leaving in time for drummer Chez Pazienza to come aboard for 2016-2017. Backing vox Belle Chose joined the band shortly after as well, with Mikey Mayhem returning to take over for Dan on bass. Drummer Chez died in early 2017 and his seat was filled by drummer John Mooney of Long Beach. The band broke up for the last time in 2018. (Not due to John.) (RIP Chez)

After over 15 different lineup changes since 2000, 5 records, 15,000 videos, and hundreds of shows in countless dive bars and medium-sized venues, Igor Spectre managed to weasel itself onto bills with fine acts such as The Adicts, The Black Keys, New Model Army, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, and 45 Grave, but their ultimate legacy is one of abject failure and thoroughly undaunted half-assery, and it should not be emulated or admired under any circumstance.

The final lineup consisted of Robert James (vox), B. Bane (guitar), Mary Sonic Woo (keys), Belle Chose (bvox), Mikey Mayhem (bass), and John Mooney (drums). Their final shows were with drummer Tim Kinzy in August of 2017 at the Ace of Spades in Sacramento and the Great American Musical Hall in San Francisco, opening for The Adicts.


Igor Spectre's discography is available on Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora.

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