Spotlight on local music: InComing Days in Spokane – rock, metal and punk?

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By Julien A. Luebbers

For the spokesperson’s review

It can be difficult to sum up a band in a neat little 20-word sentence to capture an entire discography of sounds in just a few words or genre names. For InComing Days, this is certainly no easy task.

The Spokane-based band make music that can safely be described as rock, but beyond that, you wander through a whole field of possible descriptions, all of which hold some truth, but not all: metal , punk, rock, many subgenres of each.

Vocalist Wyatt Miller called the band’s music “trash pop chug,” which I didn’t quite understand, but guitarist Travis Hewson was kind enough to explain to me: “The reason he calls it trash pop chug is that anyone who hears it says it sounds like stuff, but it’s something they’ve never really heard before.

“It’s not that we hit different notes. We just have a bounce for us and a groove for us.

The band has been in business for over four years, during which time they’ve accomplished a lot, releasing a self-titled EP on all platforms and settling into a solid five-man lineup. It’s far from where things started, with Hewson’s Craigslist ad looking for bandmates.

Now, with a lineup set in stone, the band have had time to develop chemistry and friendship in and through the music they make. “We’re all like family and we care about each other,” said drummer Chance Johnson. “I think it shows in the energy of the music that comes out of it. And then live, people realize it.

“We all have our own things that we bring to the table and our own unique style,” Miller added. “We all know what we’re doing and we stay in our lane,” said guitarist Scott Myhre. It’s a synergistic group rather than a competition for the greatest showman.

InComing Days attaches great importance to its live sets. In the words of bassist Chris Corey, “We were born out of live music, live performances.”

For Miller, it’s more than just a point of origin, but the social function of the band: “A big part of the show is the environment we create when we go on stage. It’s all inclusive, all inviting. And musically, that’s where a heavy, thrust rock band like InComing Days comes to life.

But make no mistake. While it’s true that live music is the ideal manifestation of InComing Days, they’ve shown that on recorded tracks too, they can bring warmth. Their latest track, a single titled “Lights Out”, is as good a demonstration of that as any. “Lights Out” is a really fluid composition, with all five players, as Myhre said, in their lanes.

The bass and drums maintain a tight low, while the gritty, heavier rhythm guitar backline forms the main riff of the song. Right from the start, you have a lead guitar part that even breaks out into a jagged solo and a diverse set of vocal moves to keep the song really and truly dynamic.

Even though the main feature of the track is Miller’s triple threat voice (he sings, shouts and raps through the track), each member has a moment when their part comes to the fore or shows how important it is. . InComing Days is a five-piece band that makes full use of every member.

“It exemplifies the exact kind of sound and style and also the feel that I want people to come to InComing Days with — it’s heavy, but it’s not violent,” Hewson said.

“It’s more of a simple song,” Corey explained. “I call it a march, almost, because you’re just trying to make people all feel the same at the same time together, to create a community, in a way.”

It’s easy to rally around a song like “Lights Out,” a hurricane of sound and feeling that grips you. The lyrics, too, are well-written and endlessly raining from Miller. “I was really freed up as a singer to showcase my lineup,” he said.

It’s quite a show. Sometimes Miller will jump from one mode to another before you even notice it (rapping until screaming and back, for example). “Lights Out” is nothing if not rapid fire. Additionally, the single is the first of an upcoming project that the band can’t say much about yet. Expect more music from these guys in the months to come.

If you want to catch InComing Days at a show soon, they have two to offer: May 7 at Cruisers for Texas Hippie Coalition and June 4 at the Big Dipper opening for Nonpoint. In the meantime, watch “Lights Out” on all streaming platforms and be sure to follow @InComingDays_Official.

Julien A. Luebbers can be reached at julien.luebbers@gmail.com.

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