Ignite is a hardcore punk band from Orange County, California. Formed in 1993, their commercial breakthrough album came on May 30, 2000, on TVT Records, and was called A Place Called Home. Prior to this release they were well-regarded among hardcore fans, thanks in part to constant touring and having visited over 40 countries.
On July 20, 2005, a deal was announced with Abacus Recordings, a subsidiary label of Century Media Records; the band's album Our Darkest Days was released on the label in May 2006.
Much of their music is socially and politically aware. Ignite actively supports, and has given proceeds to, organizations such as Earth First, Doctors Without Borders, Sea Shepherd, and Pacific Wildlife. Lead singer Zoltan "Zoli" Téglás has taken account of such issues as environmental concerns and vegetarianism—common topics found on A Place Called Home. The legacy of Communism in Eastern Europe is another recurring theme, in part because of Teglas's Hungarian background. (On a hidden track at the end of A Place Called Home and "Our Darkest Days", Teglas sings a traditional folk song in Hungarian to the music of the title track.)
On May 9, 2005, they filmed a live DVD at The Troubadour in Hollywood, CA. Unfortunately the DVD was never released due to some technical problems with the quality. But on April 20, 2008 they gathered footage for an upcoming live DVD of their show in Leipzig, Germany.
On one of their headlining shows at Persistence Tour 2009 the band announced they were working on a new record. The Pennywise website, on Feb 16, 2010 announced that frontman Zoli Téglás just recently joined Pennywise. Ignite announced on their website a few days before that they are excited for Zoli and his opportunity to sing in Pennywise and tour with them. The Ignite website also stated "Dont worry IGNITE fans, Zoli is not quitting IGNITE and we are not breaking up either, we will continue to write, record and tour with IGNITE as long as our fans want us to continue!"