Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Reading melodic/symphonic metal band Incarnadine Coven find out more about them...
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
Rebecca Cooch - vocals, Steve Wallis - bass/vocals, Dan Bignell - guitars, vocals, Chris Oaten - drums, vocals, Jenna Grabey - keys.
Dan and Rebecca met through a shared love of singing in Reading Phoenix Choir. Following a clean sweep of trophies at a choir competition in Cheltenham, a well lubricated evening ensued and, after a midnight shoeless run through a park, the idea of combining soprano vocals, metal guitars and unusual songwriting concepts was proposed, seconded and then acted upon. Drawing in Chris and Steve from the local talent pool secured a solid rhythm section and the addition of Jenna Grabey soon after brought a symphonic edge to our sound. This began a journey that both bonded us as friends and evolved us as musicians. Thus, the Incarna-family was borne. The name is a curate's egg of Rebecca's - it has the advantage of being unique, instantly searchable on Google and does look great on t-shirts but is also a bit of a word salad and is commonly mispronounced.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Jenna Grabey – Lindsay Schoolcraft
Rebecca Cooch – Epica, Delain, Eva Cassidy
Chris Oaten – Eluveitie, Metallica,
Steve wallis – AC/DC
Dan Bignell – In Flames, Erasure
How would you describe your sound?
"Their music is just as intriguing as their name. A blend of Prog/metal, hardcore bass lines topped up with imaginative riffs and classically trained vocals. Imagine if Schubert or Bach were resurrected as metal-heads and asked the Evanescence lead singer to sing for them... I think we're kinda getting close!"
What’s your local music scene like?
Berkshire only has a few promoters, but they are a dedicated bunch. The venues tend to emphasise cover bands which ensure financial return – however, there are some venues which have been very good to us like Facebar and Rising Sun Arts Centre. Being close to London is a mixed blessing – it's still a bit of a drive, but can reap some rewards in terms of playing with bands in our own genre, which can be difficult sometimes.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We would like to take the step up of recording an album, hopefully in the late summer of 2017. At the moment we are looking to increase our social media platform and get more songs written and learned. We have a few gigs already lined up, including some pretty interesting lineups!
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
I think it would be interesting to have a small orchestra to collaborate with. We have already got a choir on our record and I think the symphonic nature of our songs would be handsomely bolstered by the addition of more strings. I think Chris would have fun with the kettle drums!
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Without getting too graphic, our guitarist did have a wardrobe malfunction whilst jumping around at the end of the set, which involved the brief exposure of his “roadie”. Semi-hard rock indeed...
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
Firstly, we don't like to be called female fronted. We are soprano fronted. Gender is irrelevant, voice type is not. We are always looking to be different in our songwriting, which comes at a price because sometimes it's hard to do this consistently. It is also hard because EVERYONE says they are different – I reckon that we have a case. We regularly open our set with a three part vocal harmony, move into tracks which have blast beats and growls in them and we have a song about Rapunzel. Finally, we have an ear for an earworm and always looking for that next perfect hook.