LOUNGE: Mike Judy Presents:
Virucide, Ascension of Akari
3108 Locust St.
St. Louis, MO, 63103
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is all ages
There are more than a few surprises up Incredible' Me's collective sleeve. The Sacramento sextet can slip from an irresistible pop melody into a moshpit-parting groove. Mind you, this happens while Jaime "The Naked Drummer" Templeton is pounding the kit furiously in nothing but his briefs, vocalist David Jones is screaming bloody murder, and femme fatale guitarist Lexie Olsen is shredding her fretboard to bits alongside her six-string cohort Christian Shroyer. Rounding out this inimitable attack, other shimmering vocals come from bassist Alex Strobaugh and Keyboardist Dillon Jones. There's no one more dynamic or Incredible within heavy music right now…
Even more impressive, this was all born over the course of one year leading up to their full-length debut for Artery Recordings/Razor & Tie—Est. 2012. In that eponymous year, David and Jaime got together to jam in the latter's garage. Both had recently parted ways with their former local bands, and they wanted to pursue a different path together. Pulling Lexie from David's previous outfit, they stumbled upon their sound one fateful evening, penning the song "Moments from Melodies".
"Everything just made sense when we got together," recalls Jaime. "I'm super into pop music, and the rest of the band loves heavy music. We wanted to concoct the perfect mixture. You can hardcore dance to it, but you can also feel the emotion and heart in the lyrics. We all bring something distinct to the table, and we inspire each other."
Struck by "Moments from Melodies" and "From the Ground Up," The Artery Foundation reached out to the band and signed them before their first intensely, incendiary show at Northern California haunt Ace of Spades. Soon after, they hit the studio with producer Colby Wedgeworth and emerged with the ten songs comprising the collection.
The first single "Divine Departure" begins with a dreamy guitar passage before snapping into a destructively distinct stomp and then an elegant acoustic bridge. In addition to being the perfect introduction to the group, it's also especially close to all of their hearts. David lost a very close friend that he grew up from kindergarten through high school and wanted to write a deep passionate song about it. He had never experienced unexpected loss of someone so close like that before and it was difficult to get over - R.I.P Anthony Hernandez. Alex also lost loved ones and the song is about overcoming the five steps of grief - R.I.P Amber Lane.
"It's a really heartfelt song," admits Jaime. "We all have lost people close to us and we wanted to write a song about getting through loss. It's about getting through the steps of grief. We've all been there, but you can't give up. You always have to keep living and fighting."
At the same time, Incredible' Me have no problem getting down and dirty. "Sexy Out Loud" is a sweaty and slippery bedroom anthem punctuated by shimmering hooks and pulsating electronics.
"It's our party song," smiles Jaime. "It's about drinking alcohol and having sexual intercourse with protection, and under adult supervision, after we went to church and washed our grandma's car. It's funny but extremely catchy. "
Live, don't be surprised Jaime living up to his nickname "The Naked Drummer" or to find David smack dab in the middle of the pit. That unpredictability contributes to their fascinating persona and makes for a hell of a show.
Just like the music itself, their moniker is multi-layered. "I named the Band Incredible Me because I wanted the name to be inspiring and have a big meaningful word in it. So I chose the word incredible and thought that it was perfect, and while I was thinking of the names the movie "Despicable Me" was on and it just snapped and I thought "Incredible' Me. To me the name Incredible' Me means that I can do anything. I am Incredible and nothing can stop me, nothing can tear me down. I also wanted people to be able to look at the name and think the same thing, anyone and everyone is capable of doing what they want in life, and they should never, ever let anyone tell them they can't. That's also why we call our fans Incredible Yous" explains Jaime.
Est. 2012 is equally inspiring, and that's why Incredible' Me will have everyone singing along. "I want it to put a smile on people's faces," concludes Jaime. "I want them to hear it and feel like they can do anything. That's what my favorite records did for me."