Now, back to my Students, who, by now, know me very well...attendance is free will and no bullies please! I would like to dedicate this class to our son, Richie, whose birthday was this week and release of his new cd, UP IN HELL, is fast approaching...
|Richie and Dana fishing, (1995)|
|Richie as Al Jorgensen, (1993)|
|Atrophy and Richie photobombing|
|Greg Hall and Richie|
|Richie in jam pad practicing for Nailbomb|
|Richie singing Bleed with Soulfly in 1998|
Once he presented Incite to me, I knew he was on his path. I absolutely loved every song they cranked out and began developing their stage performance on tours by adding them as the opener. The road life is something you need to prune, to cast off the dead leaves and work yourself into the best performer you can be. The problem with developing new bands is that many young bands want success to be delivered at your door, all bundled up neatly, but that isn't the way the biz is...you must pay your dues.
The lack of patience, the life on the road and thirst for overnight success usually weeds out the musicians that really should not be in the business. For this reason, the early Incite had flexible stability. Throughout the label years, one person stayed by Richie's side, even leaving to have a baby, but never truly leaving...Dis McAllister. The man behind the groovy riffs that explode suddenly in a wrath of mosh-sweat! This, combined with Richie at the helm, made Incite a serious force to lay down their road in the Highway of Metal through history.
|INCITE lineup 2007-2012 (Photo credit Glen La Ferman)|
I will tell you now...
IScream was the label for The Slaughter, the brilliant debut of the band. Unfortunately, the label was in a crisis, unknown to us, and soon the band was free to move on. All Out War came out on a new, rising label, MinusHead Records, which was imbedded in the San Francisco music scene, and headed by the master, Brad Hardie.
Brad had a strong belief in the band, and released All Out War to critical acclaim! The label was spawning its life at the same time as Incite, and they both grew together. It was fantastic working with someone who loved the band and was so full of energy and support for the project. Brad wasn't afraid of taking a chance on a young band and the newest release, Up In Hell, has proven to break all boundaries, for the label.
|INCITE 2014 (Photo credit Glen La Ferman)|