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A collaboration between former Faith vocalist Alec MacKaye and bassist Chris Bald (now on guitar), Gray Matter drummer Dante Ferrando, and Soulside bassist Chris Thomson, Ignition debuted in 1987, earning a reputation as a hard touring band that reliably turned out chaotic, earnest, combustible performances. The group would disband in 1989, but released several recordings on Dischord and pushed the D.C. punk scene forward with its unflinchingly introspective and powerful music.

Drawn from the Sharon Cheslow Punk Flyers collection and the Jason Farrell collection at Special Collections in Performing Arts at the University of Maryland.

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