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 |:::|[[Retroactive Records]]| |:::|[[Retroactive Records]]|
 |**Members:**|(1980-1981) Chris Wimber, Ray Hersom| |**Members:**|(1980-1981) Chris Wimber, Ray Hersom|
-|:::|(1981-1982) [[Mark Krishchak]], Chris Wimber, Kevin Lee Annis, [[Michael Knott]]| +|:::|(1981-1982) [[Mark Krischak]], Chris Wimber, Kevin Lee Annis, [[Michael Knott]]| 
-|:::|(1982) [[Mark Krishchak]], [[Michael Knott]], Kevin Lee Annis, John ? , Brandon ?|+|:::|(1982) [[Mark Krischak]], [[Michael Knott]], Kevin Lee Annis, John ? , Brandon ?|
 |:::|(1982) [[Michael Knott]], Chris Wimber, Kevin Lee Annis| |:::|(1982) [[Michael Knott]], Chris Wimber, Kevin Lee Annis|
 |:::|(1982) [[Michael Knott]], Chris Wimber, Kevin Lee Annis, Brian Goins| |:::|(1982) [[Michael Knott]], Chris Wimber, Kevin Lee Annis, Brian Goins|
 |:::|(1983) Brian Goins, Kirk Heiner, Chris Wimber, Kevin Lee Annis| |:::|(1983) Brian Goins, Kirk Heiner, Chris Wimber, Kevin Lee Annis|
-|:::|(1984) [[Mark Krishchak]], Kirk Heiner, Chris Wimber, Kevin Lee Annis|+|:::|(1984) [[Mark Krischak]], Kirk Heiner, Chris Wimber, Kevin Lee Annis|
 |:::|(1986) [[Michael Knott]], Brian Doidge, Kevin Lee Annis| |:::|(1986) [[Michael Knott]], Brian Doidge, Kevin Lee Annis|
 |:::|(1991) [[Michel Knott]], Michael Sauerbrey, [[Steve Hindalong]]| |:::|(1991) [[Michel Knott]], Michael Sauerbrey, [[Steve Hindalong]]|
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-The Lifesavors were an early Christian pogo punk/new wave band that formed in 1980. According to the liner notes to [[Undercover]]'s //Volume 1// compilation, The Lifesavors were formed by Chris Wimber (the son of Vineyard founder John Wimber) and Ray Hersom. Their first concert as The Lifesavors was at a roller skating rink in Yorba Linda sometime late in 1980. [[Undercover]] and a band called [[The Chosen Ones]] also played at the concert. It is unknown at what point [[Mark Krishchak]] joined the bandbut a live demo called //3-14-81 Live// (recorded at a church in Downey, CA) contains at least one song credited to [[Mark Krishchak|Krishchak]] on a later album. [[Mark Krishchak|Krishchak]] served as the early leader of the band performing as lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and lead guitarist. In early 1981, The Lifesavors and [[Undercover]] were both asked to release albums through the [[Ministry Resource Center]] (MRC) label. By the time The Lifesavors released their debut full length album //Us Kids//, Hersom was not in the band and two new members were listedJoining bass guitarist Wimber and lead vocalist / guitarist [[Mark Krishchak|Krishchak]] were Kevin Lee Annis (brother of [[Mike Stand]] of the [[Altar Boys]]) on drums and [[Michael Knott]] on rhythm guitars. [[Michael Knott|Knott]] has later stated that he was about 16 or 17 years old at this time. [[Michael Knott|Knott]]'s involvement with The Lifesavors on //Us Kids// was minimal at the most. According to Kevin Sorrells, "[[Michael Knott|Mike]] stepped in the middle of the recording. I think he only collaborated on one song."+The Lifesavors were an early Christian pogo punk/new wave band that formed in 1980. According to the liner notes to [[Undercover]]'s //Volume 1// compilation, The Lifesavors were formed by Chris Wimber (the son of Vineyard founder John Wimber) on bass and Ray Hersom on guitar. [[Mark Krischak]] (vocals, guitars) and Kevin Lee Annis (brother of [[Mike Stand]] of the [[Altar Boys]], drums) joined in 1980 as well. Their first concert as The Lifesavors was at a roller skating rink in Yorba Linda sometime late in 1980. [[Undercover]] and a band called [[The Chosen Ones]] also played at the concert. The next yearthey recorded and released a live demo called //3-14-81 Live// (recorded at a church in Downey, CA). [[Mark Krischak|Krischak]] served as the early leader of the band performing as lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and lead guitarist. In early 1981, The Lifesavors and [[Undercover]] were both asked to release albums through the [[Ministry Resource Center]] (MRC) label. Hersom left during the recording of their debut full length album //Us Kids//. [[Michael Knott]] was brought in to replace him on rhythm guitars, even recording a few parts on //Us Kids//. [[Michael Knott|Knott]] has later stated that he was about 16 or 17 years old at this time. [[Michael Knott|Knott]]'s involvement with The Lifesavors on //Us Kids// was minimal at the most. According to Kevin Sorrells, "[[Michael Knott|Mike]] stepped in the middle of the recording. I think he only collaborated on one song."
  
 [[Altar Boys]] bassist [[Ric Alba]] also worked with The Lifesavors at one point. According to [[Ric Alba|Alba]]: [[Altar Boys]] bassist [[Ric Alba]] also worked with The Lifesavors at one point. According to [[Ric Alba|Alba]]:
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 ==== Transition: 1982 ==== ==== Transition: 1982 ====
  
-A live bootleg from 1982 features [[Mark Krishchak|Krishchak]], Annis, and [[Michael Knott|Knott]] - as well as mentioning John, Brandon and former member Ray. It is unknown who John and Brandon are. They also talk about recording their second album on their own label. Eight songs from the bootleg were never released, so those were probably meant for the new album that never materialized. [[Michael Knott]] mentions writing one of the unreleased songs called "For You."+A live bootleg from 1982 features [[Mark Krischak|Krischak]], Annis, and [[Michael Knott|Knott]] - as well as mentioning John, Brandon and former member Ray. It is unknown who John and Brandon are. They also talk about recording their second album on their own label. Eight songs from the bootleg were never released, so those were probably meant for the new album that never materialized. [[Michael Knott]] mentions writing one of the unreleased songs called "For You."
  
-At some point in 1982, [[Mark Krishchak|Krishchak]] leaves the band and [[Michael Knott|Knott]] takes over to record the two song //You and Me// single. John and Brandon are not listed on this release. The line-up for the single is just the trio of [[Michael Knott|Knott]], Wimber, and Annis. The full story of what happened is unknown at this time, but Kevin Sorrells had this to say at one time about internal disagreements within the band: "[[Mark Krishchak|Mark]] got jealous of [[Michael Knott|Mike]] and quit after [he had] invited [[Michael Knott|Mike]] in the band in the first place.... We begged [[Mark Krishchak|Mark]] not to leave. [Chris] Wimber always had to be the boss, and that caused tension. But Chris was a very creative guy [with a] strong personality and a trendsetter. I love the guy and miss him." [[Mark Krishchak|Krishchak]] was also known to later refer to [[Michael Knott|Knott]] on discussion boards as a "spawn of Satan" that he would never work with again.+At some point in 1982, [[Mark Krischak|Krischak]] leaves the band and [[Michael Knott|Knott]] takes over to record the two song //You and Me// single. John and Brandon are not listed on this release. The line-up for the single is just the trio of [[Michael Knott|Knott]], Wimber, and Annis. The full story of what happened is unknown at this time, but Kevin Sorrells had this to say at one time about internal disagreements within the band: "[[Mark Krischak|Mark]] got jealous of [[Michael Knott|Mike]] and quit after [he had] invited [[Michael Knott|Mike]] in the band in the first place.... We begged [[Mark Krischak|Mark]] not to leave. [Chris] Wimber always had to be the boss, and that caused tension. But Chris was a very creative guy [with a] strong personality and a trendsetter. I love the guy and miss him." [[Mark Krischak|Krischak]] was also known to later refer to [[Michael Knott|Knott]] on discussion boards as a "spawn of Satan" that he would never work with again.
  
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-Goins was not able to tour for //Dream Life//, so [[Mark Krishchak|Krishchak]] was brought back in for the tour.+Goins was not able to tour for //Dream Life//, so [[Mark Krischak|Krischak]] was brought back in for the tour.
  
 ==== Lost Years: 1984 - 1985 ==== ==== Lost Years: 1984 - 1985 ====
  
-One oddity exists from 1984 - a demo usually referred to as the //Lost Nashville Demo//. Sources have confirmed that [[Mark Krishchak|Krishchak]] was the band leader at this time. Kirk Heiner had this to say about the song writing process for the album:+One oddity exists from 1984 - a demo usually referred to as the //Lost Nashville Demo//. Sources have confirmed that [[Mark Krischak|Krischak]] was the band leader at this time. Kirk Heiner had this to say about the song writing process for the album:
  
->"The song 'Voices / Lost in the Darkness' was completely written by me. The other songs were pretty much written by [[Mark Krishchak]] but came together as a collaboration of [[Mark Krishchak|Mark]], Chris, Kevin and me. We recorded late that evening. Chris, [[Mark Krishchak|Mark]] & Kevin had all flown in earlier, but I flew in a day later than the rest because at the time I ran a business. We got to the recording studio around midnight. The building was amazing: a two story brick building with a two story waterfall in the entry. The recording room was large enough for a full orchestra. It had a new technology system of recording using glass sheets hanging in the air. Wires connected to the glass would vibrate, sending back a perfect recording of the sounds in the studio. We had a studio musician show up for the keyboard tracks. He worked for [[Refuge Records]]. I had been working on the song 'Voices' that was about all of the voices that try to influence us. Some good, some bad, some just our own thoughts. I asked the keyboard player if he had any kinda scary, haunted house type sounds in his synthesizer, so he pulled one up. When he did, it was playing through these huge speakers in the recording booth. It sounded like the devil himself came out of that keyboard - scared the crud out of all of us. I said, ‘Put that thing back’.”+>"The song 'Voices / Lost in the Darkness' was completely written by me. The other songs were pretty much written by [[Mark Krischak]] but came together as a collaboration of [[Mark Krischak|Mark]], Chris, Kevin and me. We recorded late that evening. Chris, [[Mark Krischak|Mark]] & Kevin had all flown in earlier, but I flew in a day later than the rest because at the time I ran a business. We got to the recording studio around midnight. The building was amazing: a two story brick building with a two story waterfall in the entry. The recording room was large enough for a full orchestra. It had a new technology system of recording using glass sheets hanging in the air. Wires connected to the glass would vibrate, sending back a perfect recording of the sounds in the studio. We had a studio musician show up for the keyboard tracks. He worked for [[Refuge Records]]. I had been working on the song 'Voices' that was about all of the voices that try to influence us. Some good, some bad, some just our own thoughts. I asked the keyboard player if he had any kinda scary, haunted house type sounds in his synthesizer, so he pulled one up. When he did, it was playing through these huge speakers in the recording booth. It sounded like the devil himself came out of that keyboard - scared the crud out of all of us. I said, ‘Put that thing back’.”
  
 After recording, The Lifesavors embarked on a major tour. Heiner recalls: After recording, The Lifesavors embarked on a major tour. Heiner recalls:
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 ==== Permanent Name Change: 1986 ==== ==== Permanent Name Change: 1986 ====
  
-At some point between 1984 and 1986, several changes occurred: [[Mark Krishchak|Krishchak]] left the band (with [[Michael Knott|Knott]] taking over as leader), Wimber also left (to be replaced by Brian Doidge - formerly of [[The Chosen Ones]] - on bass), and the name of the band was changed slightly. In 1986, Lifesavers signed to [[Frontline Records]] and released //Kiss of Life//. The name was not the only thing to change - [[Michael Knott|Knott]] also steered the band in a more alternative direction, drawing comparisons to The Psychedelic Furs. Some sources also claim that [[Michael Knott|Knott]] no longer likes this album, even though some songs do occasionally make it in to his solo live shows from time to time.+At some point between 1984 and 1986, several changes occurred: [[Mark Krischak|Krischak]] left the band (with [[Michael Knott|Knott]] taking over as leader), Wimber also left (to be replaced by Brian Doidge - formerly of [[The Chosen Ones]] - on bass), and the name of the band was changed slightly. In 1986, Lifesavers signed to [[Frontline Records]] and released //Kiss of Life//. The name was not the only thing to change - [[Michael Knott|Knott]] also steered the band in a more alternative direction, drawing comparisons to The Psychedelic Furs. Some sources also claim that [[Michael Knott|Knott]] no longer likes this album, even though some songs do occasionally make it in to his solo live shows from time to time.
  
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 ==== Resurrection: 2008 - Present ==== ==== Resurrection: 2008 - Present ====
  
-Through the years after the 1990s, there were various rumors about different versions of Lifesavers making a come back. Most of these were not based on substantial claims from members of the band. [[Mark Krishchak|Krishchak]] even made mention of trying to get the band back together (without [[Michael Knott|Knott]]) on different Christian band message boards.+Through the years after the 1990s, there were various rumors about different versions of Lifesavers making a come back. Most of these were not based on substantial claims from members of the band. [[Mark Krischak|Krischak]] even made mention of trying to get the band back together (without [[Michael Knott|Knott]]) on different Christian band message boards.
  
 In June 2008, the new bass player for the Lifesavers, Joshua Lory, announced that a new album was being recorded. Joining Lory and [[Michael Knott|Knott]] on the album would be Nick White on drums and Cliffy Huntington on guitar. No definite plans or release dates were initially announced, but the band mentioned that songs were being worked on in a Beach Boys / Ramones vibe. In June 2008, the new bass player for the Lifesavers, Joshua Lory, announced that a new album was being recorded. Joining Lory and [[Michael Knott|Knott]] on the album would be Nick White on drums and Cliffy Huntington on guitar. No definite plans or release dates were initially announced, but the band mentioned that songs were being worked on in a Beach Boys / Ramones vibe.