Ideamen was created in late 2006 shortly after keyboardist Tim Swanson ended his short stint as keyboardist for Dog Fashion Disco and the teamed up with vocalist Dave Solar and bassist Mark Vasquez, following the dissolution of local Chicago-area bands Duct Tape Mustache and Solvasq. Guitarist Dan Figurell and drummer Phil Goodrich rounded out the lineup, and in 2007, the band debuted with the release of their EP Progress. The EP attracted the label Rotten Records (of whom Dog Fashion Disco was signed to when they dissolved), and Rotten signed Ideamen in 2008.
May You Live in Interesting Times & support touring (2008-2011)
In August 2008, Ideamen began working on their debut album. Their debut album, titled May You Live in Interesting Times, was released on October 27, 2009 on Rotten Records. A second guitarist, Phil Miller, joined the band in time for touring in October 2010. Throughout the next two years, the band toured with the likes of Polkadot Cadaver (which contains former fellow DFD members), Look What I Did, and Tub Ring.
Second album, Delays & release (2011-Pres.)
A mash-up of the Mr. Bungle song "Retrovertigo" and Radiohead's "Paranoid Android" titled "RetroVertigoidAndroid" (a live favourite for the group), was recorded in the studio and released in early 2011 as a free download to anyone who signed up for the band's newsletter. The follow up to Interesting Times had been given tentative release dates for as early as Spring of 2012. Notwithstanding constant touring, Solar's bout with Ketoacidosis in fall of 2011, Goodrich's ear problems forcing him to take time off from touring, Figurell's relocation to Bloomington, and multiple issues with the final mix and mastering of the album all contributed to the extended delay of the album's release. Figurell ended his tenure with the band after recording his guitar parts for the album, and has been replaced by Greg Millikan. The album, titled Schemata, was released in February 2014. Swanson is once again a member of DFD.
- Tim Swanson - Keyboards, Vocals (2006–Present)
- Dave Solar - Vocals (2006–Present)
- Mark Vasquez - Bass (2006–Present)
- Phil Miller - Guitar, Vocals (2010–Present)
- Greg Millikan - Guitar (2013–Present)
- Phil Goodrich - Drums, Vocals (2006–Present)
- Dan Figurell - Guitar (2006 - 2013)
- Progress (EP) (2007)
- May You Live in Interesting Times (2009)
- Schemata (2014)