InGhosts release debut album ‘Still Breathing,’ discuss album, touring, more

InGhosts, a four-piece post hardcore band from Fort Wayne, Indiana have released their highly-anticipated debut album today, titled Still Breathing. The album features one electrifying song after another, unleashing heavy breakdowns and meaningful lyrics that demand the attention of its listeners. Vocalist Tyrus Denton, guitarist Mike Kenway, guitarist Robert Koch and drummer Garrett Dewald offer an album that easily competes with popular signed bands, an album that will surely launch them into success.

BRP’s Chelsea Renee Scofield sat down with Tyrus Denton and Mike Kenway to discuss the meaning of the album, the band’s professional sound, the journey to create the album, the CD release show taking place tonight and possible touring in the future. Check out what the guys had to say below!

Let’s talk about the album overall. What does the album name and the band’s name mean and what themes were you guys trying to communicate throughout the songs on the album?
DENTON: InGhosts is the idea that one day, you’re not going to breathe anymore. We all leave behind memories. We all become the ghost of ourselves. The songwriting is focused to create these questions for people. “What have you done to leave behind, what have you done to better yourself or the world around you.” We focus on the positivity aspect.

You mentioned the meaning of the band name, would you mind adding the meaning of the album title? From what you said, it would seem to go hand in hand with the band name.
KENWAY: Still Breathing comes from “Everon,” the first album single, which is about standing up for yourself. Don’t let anyone hold you down and fight for what you believe in.
DENTON: Yes, keep moving forward.

As far as the album art goes, how would you explain that?
KENWAY: Chelsea, everyone knows Ghosts are always creepy little girls [laughs]. Real talk: this is the article that inspired the cover art. It’s kind of symbolic in representing someone who feels bullied, alone, vulnerable, not taken seriously and naive.

What has the process of creating the debut album? How long did it take, and did you encounter any obstacles along the way?
KENWAY: Ty and I have been writing the album for almost three years. We actually recorded our first single over two years ago and didn’t release it until September before last. We wrote something like twenty songs that we slimmed down to the ten that made the record. A lot of back and forth and changing things to get them just right. We did our first two singles with Joey Sturgis and they sound incredible! But the style just wasn’t for us. Josh Schroeder is absolutely our secret weapon, he’s the invisible fifth member of the band. I’ve been working with him for something like five years now, so we go back a bit. The way he writes and the vision he has is just such a solid contrast with us that it didn’t make sense to go anywhere else. The biggest obstacle for us was always meshing everything together, I think. We’re both into a lot of different stuff that it was hard to get as many of our influences into one coherent sounding record.

There was also a huge focus on the album feeling real. So many bands in our genre, while this is fine, have this super over-the-top and “fake” or robotic sound to them. Everything is so cut, tuned and processed. Almost everything on the record is done in one pass, from start to finish. The vocals were done in tighter sections, but we used absolutely no vocal tuning or processing tricks. It’s 100 percent us. Obviously there are still a lot of cool production tricks added in because we like it that way. But the instrumentation is as genuine as it could be.

So, for listeners of the music that you guys have released so far, it’s hard to believe that you’re a local band. You guys have a sound that competes with bands like The Color Morale and Secrets. What do you believe sets you apart, creating such a professional sound?
DENTON: Well for one thing, we’ve all been playing music for ages, so there’s a level of maturity with our craft that some locals don’t quite grasp yet. We’ve all been involved in other projects before. Another thing is we all have such different musical tastes that we all mix together. Guarantee Mike listens to my iPod and he goes “What the hell is this, Tyrus?”
KENWAY: [laughs] We have been doing this a long time. He’s not kidding. I started my first band ten years ago. I think Ty’s was ten or eleven years ago too. You learn a lot in that time, as well as make a lot of relationships along the way that help craft who you are and what music is to you.
DENTON: My sophomore year of high school. You kinda graduate from band bro to musician somewhere in there.
KENWAY: In one of my first real bands, I played next to a guy named Luke Schroeder. That dude will make anyone feel insufficient in guitar ability, it really forced me to step up my game.

That’s interesting! It’s awesome that you chose to take it as a challenge rather than let it bring you down.
DENTON: You can’t get better till you let your faults kill your pride.
KENWAY: If we let life beat us down, we’re nothing more than defeated. Choose to strive to be better, not jealous. We can all have more than we’ve got because we can become more than we are.

So, obviously a banger of an album is incomplete without a banger of a release show. What can your fans expect from the show tomorrow?
KENWAY: Someone’s going to break something. Whether it’s a string or Kenny’s arm.
DENTON: Most definitely.

What’s next for InGhosts? You guys going to tour soon? Pretty please?
KENWAY: Tour is on the list. We don’t know when, but it is something we want to do. We keep joking about doing a Maroon 5 cover EP, I really want to do it [laughs]. Our calendar is already filling up for 2016 so I’m hoping it’s an exciting year for us.
DENTON: We think it would be funny to advertise as the metalcore band that can also do an hour of Maroon 5 covers.

Can you guys play “Sugar”? Because you should.
KENWAY: “Sugar” is absolutely on the tracklist. “Harder To Breathe” is already on my computer written [laughs]. BRP

Come out to InGhosts’ CD release party, kicking off at 7 p.m. tonight at Smith’s Downtown Tap & Grill located in Mishawaka. The band will be supported by two opening acts: New Age Curse and Skies Beneath Us. The all-ages event will cost $5 to attend. Check out the event page here and the flyer below for more information.

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Written by Chelsea Renee Scofield

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The Schnauzer Shack to host ‘Christmas For The Kids’ benefit show this Saturday

This upcoming Saturday, Montpelier’s new DIY house venue The Schnauzer Shack will host Christmas For The Kids, a benefit show in which all proceeds collected from admission will go towards purchasing toys for a family in need this holiday season. The show, kicking off at 4:00 p.m., features Bungler, Great Grief (formerly Icarus), Oceans Grey, Hypewriter, Dropkick, Among The Brave, Noesis and Wolfridge. Admission to the benefit will cost eight dollars.

Christmas For The Kids not only stands apart because of its cause, but also because it’s Oceans Grey’s last show at least until the end of 2015—the band is taking a break before their big release coming up next year. If that’s not enough to convince local supporters, the band mentioned shooting live footage during their set for a video, and if the crowd gets wild, showgoers might have a shot at free OG merch. On top of that, Oceans Grey are performing a cover of “Testify,” by Rage Against The Machine. Need I say more?

The event, originally set to take place in Converse, was recently moved to The Schnauzer Shack to avoid venue fees and allow for the most money raised possible. In addition to the admission price, attendees are encouraged to bring toys to donate as well.

The best part? The family chosen to receive these toys, which includes eight children ranging from 6 months to 14 years, are completely unaware of the event and its cause. Not only does the show offer a stacked lineup that can’t be missed, it’s the perfect chance for the music scene to give one family a memorable Christmas.

Come out this Saturday at 4:00 p.m. to The Schnauzer Shack, located on 104 W. Windsor Street in Montpelier, for a great show with a great cause. Free food will be provided as well!

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Written by Chelsea Renee Scofield

7th Society Raises Hell at Royal Skate Shop

Last Saturday, 7th Society presented Raising Hell Fest, its first all-hardcore show at Royal Skate Shop in Lansing, Illinois, featuring bands from Chicago, Northwest Indiana and Eastern Illinois. Royal’s was packed with roughly fifty local supporters who experienced a show they won’t soon forget.

[Photo cred: Kels Alonzo]

The show opened with LxVxC, hailing from Chicago Heights. Being the only band with a female vocalist on the entire lineup, the crowd was in for a treat. Starting with deep pig squeals followed by intense screaming, this new three-piece was impressive.

Next to the stage was Cut Ties, a relatively new hardcore band hailing from Chicago. Although the band had just begun earlier this year, they’re taking the scene by storm with strong lyrics and instrumentation. Prior to the show, Cut Ties had just released a new single, titled “Hopesick” off their upcoming EP, The Price of Life.

Following Cut Ties were Perpetual Defilement, a deathcore band from Chicago. The band released their EP, Helix in August of this year, which includes of their more popular songs, titled “Lord Helix,” a favorite for Pokemon nerds.

Little Village’s very own Through N Through were the next on the bill. Filling in for Muncie’s Archives, the band jumped on last minute, and came out swinging with the release of their newest EP, Defend. The EP contains two of their most popular songs, “Cut the Shit” and “Power.”

Her Eyes Glazed Over were next to perform. From their hometown of Lake Station, this five-piece deathcore band offered their audience a satisfying performance. The band released their latest EP, The Apocalypse in late August of this year, including songs such as “Doomsday” and “F.U.C.K.”

The newest addition to Northwest Indiana metal scene, known as Sleep Therapy were next to play. This six-piece band has their own unique style, presented both through their music and live performance. The band first released their single “Lifeless” in March 2015, then dropped their self-titled EP in mid-July, featuring “Consumed By Hate” and “False Reality.”

The second to last band to hit the stage was one that couldn’t be missed. Hailing from Joliet, grindcore band Torso has a vocalist, bassist, guitarist and drummer. What sets Torso apart, however, is that their drummer is also their vocalist. The band’s songs last only thirty seconds to a minute and a half, with lyrics that will make you want to beat up your best friend. Torso currently has a full-length EP out, titled Armless, which was released earlier this year. Their first music video for their song “The Cell” was dropped earlier this month.

Corruptor, Crown Point’s six-piece metal band, were the last band to hit the stage and undoubtedly drew the most attention. The band hasn’t made a stage appearance since December of last year but nevertheless, supporters were not disappointed. The band released their latest single “Anxiety” last year and played several of their older jams. Corruptor have been revived and fans everywhere are hoping for new music and more live performances in the near future.

Royal Skate Shop is a very popular venue, especially for local bands within the Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland scene. The next few shows will be taking place at Big Shots in South Haven, the first of which will feature Bless The Fall, Stick To Your Guns and Emarosa on Friday, November 13.

BRP would like to give a special thanks to the 7th Society for putting on a killer show, Jake Anderson and Michael Robinson for helping with this lineup and putting this together, Royal Skate Shop for providing an amazing venue and all the bands and supporters for coming together and sticking around!

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Written by Kels Alonzo

Edited by Chelsea Renee Scofield

Plans release debut single “Dépaysement,” discuss upcoming EP, more

Indianapolis’ Plans have released their highly anticipated debut single via Bandcamp, titled “Dépaysement,” one song featured on their upcoming EP. In the midst of this excitement, BRP’s Chelsea Renee Scofield sat down with vocalist/guitarist Cody Almond to discuss the story behind the song, the band’s impending EP and much more. In addition to the interview, check out the song below and share your thoughts with us!

[Photo cred: Errick Easterday]


So, what’s the story behind the song?
It’s related to a tour that I did with my old band that took me out to visit my cousin’s grave in Texas. So it’s kind of this struggle of life/death and dealing with it. Along with my own battle with depression and suicidal thoughts as I learned to cope with loss.


What does the song title mean?
By my understanding of the word, it means ‘disorientation.’ Which I stumbled across it on some stupid Facebook post while we were recording and it just seemed to make sense with the song.


When can we expect more recorded music?
There’s a chance we’ll release another song next month and hopefully the rest of the EP by the end of the year. With the way the studio has been going, we might be postponing the final product. As much as we want to have everything released, we really want to make sure the first thing we put out sets the standards for what we hope to bring to the table. I know this is the hardest I’ve worked on anything in music and I know the rest of the guys have been stressing, sweating and pacing around just as much as me. It’s all nerves and excitement.


Your hard work absolutely shows in this single! You’ve set the bar high. But, I’m sure you’ll surpass it too, you guys never fail to impress! With that being said, what can your fans expect from the debut EP?
I really hope so [laughs]. I’m nervous about this EP because even though you can hear our roots (Don’t Call It A Comeback and Follow Me Forward), it has a sound very unique to itself. We really wanted to create something that felt new but familiar at the same time. Maybe that’s just me being crazy and playing it safe, but I’m hoping to just kind of flow into people’s lives. Something that at the core, you could swear you heard it before but yet feels completely new and exciting. But in all honesty I’m hoping people just relate and enjoy it. I tried to write a record that sounded like whatever punk rock kids do when they get a little bit older. The kinds of hopelessness that a lot of my now twenty something year old friends are starting to face. Feeling like a kid in a grown-up world. It can all be super overwhelming. Especially when you’re watching people get married, move away or even pass away. And you want to throw a fit and beat the hell out of things, but you’ve got to stay composed. It kind of creates this war in your head.


You guys have been quite the social media mystery, what’s up with that?
Too many people we knew were starting these bands and would have promos and album covers before having more than one practice. I don’t know, fuck that. We wanted it to be about the songs, not the image. We’re not cool guys. We don’t dress the part. We can’t manage to keep up with trends, but we can write some tunes. So, we started practicing. We wrote at least 15 songs to begin with, settled on six then threw the rest out and started writing again. I don’t ever want to be trendy, I just want to matter to the people who need it. Not trying to make a martyr out of ourselves, but there can just be too much focus on the wrong things. I’d rather us be common people with big dreams than a stereotype.


So, with that being said, will you guys have merch available in the future? Or would you say that goes against your previous answer?
No, for sure we’ll have shirts and all kinds of nonsense. We just wanted to make sure the music was what came first for us. Not cool promo pictures, a ton of Twitter followers and a signing with some shit label no one had heard of.


Who are your musical influences?
For me, it’s The Early November, Dangerous Summer and Brand New. The other guys pull influence from everything from Taking Back Sunday to Coldplay and The Ataris. Whatever gives us the right vibes or has inspired us to write a riff or hook.


Sweet! I remember when you guys did that cover of Brand New’s “Mix Tape” at Jamboree Fest—that was so awesome.
[Laughs] We had actually had never practiced that before. We just decided what key to do it in during the set and decided to do it. Our first show where we opened for Beartooth we played “The Quiet Things No One Ever Knows” and no one but the other bands knew the song. So we’ve been cautious of playing covers. BRP


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Written by Chelsea Renee Scofield