Canadians Incura have spent the last decade forging a name for themselves in their native land, and are at long last expanding their stage to include the rest of the world. Dominic caught up with vocalist Kyle Gruninger to get the lowdown on the whole show.
Please introduce Incura to the TMF readership.
We are a theatrical hard rock project from Canada. We focus on music first, quality over quantity. We specialize in high energy, audience interactive live shows.
You have the new self-titled record coming up. Tell us a little about it.
The record took two years to make start to finish. We put our hearts, souls, and lives into this record. We feel it speaks to a wide range of music lovers and artists. It theatrical, it's heavy, it's progressive and emotive..... It's Incura!
You released four EPs over a decade before finishing your debut - why the long wait?
We have been a band for a long time. We knew we wanted our debut record to be the very best it could be. We sat down and decided after all this time we really needed to make the record that would define what Incura is as a project. We disconnected ourselves with the world and put all of our creativity into writings he best record we could.
With this is your first release outside of Canada. Does it feel like you are starting the process all over again? What mistake did you make that you can learn from this time around?
We have an amazing team of people working with us. Getting overseas was something the band was always striving for. It's nerve racking but exciting getting to expose a new market to Incura. Mistakes? Hmmm ... I'll make sure to learn and know how to pronounce every city I play in. My memory on the road can leave me at times, especially internationally (laughs)!
Do you have an earliest musical memory? Was there a record or act that made you think "I want to do this"?
I saw the Phantom Of The Opera when I was 5. After seeing it I become borderline obsessed with it, singing and playing every song all day... It was only a matter of time before I started writing my own theatrical music centred around loss of love, overcoming adversity and self-doubt.
If we were to look at your MP3 player, is there anything on it you'd rather we didn't see? Do you have your own stuff on there?
I'm okay with anyone seeing anything on my MP3 player. I'm a theatre kid so there is a fair share of odd material. And yes, you'll find Incura on there. When my band is away I practise to instrumental tracks to keep my voice in shape.
Is there any style of music you just don't get?
All music has a place, and means something to someone.
What's on the Incura goals list for this year?
We will tour, tour and tour. We will bring the band internationally and get to as many people around the world as possible.
What's the question we should have asked you today?
Ask me what I'm listening to. Word of mouth is the best way to spread amazing bands, like Ninja Spy... Now go listen.
Incura's self-titled debut is out via InsideOut Music on 24th February.