After spending an evening with The Burnrides and a slumber party with my favorite mini Pittsburgh hell-raiser, I went back to Howler’s the following night to catch a show from The Hempsteadys and the Steel
After spending an evening with The Burnrides and a slumber party with my favorite mini Pittsburgh hell-raiser, I went back to Howler’s the following night to catch a show from The Hempsteadys and the Steel City’s own, iNCO FIdO.
When I first connected with Chuck (lead vox) and we discussed meeting up to talk, he warned me that there were 10 members in the band. I assured him that I had recently taken 10 children under the age of 12 to the Museum of Natural History by myself and that I would manage. Flash forward to actually meeting everyone before their set…. In our defense, we were huddled around an iPhone in the corner of the bar, and were trying to talk during the opening band’s soundcheck. Probably not the best idea, but we made it work.
After The Hempsteadys put on a great set, the crew from iNCO FIdO got on the stage. For a minute, I wasn’t sure if there was enough room for them all, but there was…barely. I, however, had an issue. I quickly discovered that I am wayyyy too short to see over the crowd and get 10 people onstage in a single shot. Thankfully, my girl, Caroline, was my camera person for the evening.
Immediately, these guys were energy and brought all of it! The wonderful thing about large bands is the plethora of influences that the members bring to the creation process. With diverse musical backgrounds, such as big band, jazz, classic rock, and ska, iNCO FIdO blends and delivers a sound that is genuinely their own. It’s unique, it’s refreshing, it’s “Alternative Rock with Horns.” Just as they promised me.
The saxophone portion of this brass section is Mike on Baritone, Ray on Alto, and Hannah on Tenor. Growing up in Kutztown, PA, Hannah is the only member of the group from outside of the Pittsburgh area. She is also engaged to AJ, who happens to be the trumpet player. These four bring the horn element that my soul requires to funk the house down!
Throughout the show, hints of R&B and soul from the rhythm section would intertwine with elements of classic rock. They are: Tim on drums, Jason on keyboard, Colin on guitar, Max on bass, and Bubby on percussion. There’s a lot of them, which totally works, because they make it work. It takes skill to bring that many people together to create a cohesive sound and they have no trouble managing.
During their set, they covered Jackie Wilson’s Higher and Higher. So let me tell you this, I haven’t thought of that song in forever and I definitely forgot how much I enjoyed it. The energy radiating from the stage spread to those in the crowd who were not already dancing. Everyone had their boogie shoes on at that point. Chuck was able to showcase his vocal range throughout the number. He proved that he could gutter growl in one breath and nail the next octave higher in the following. I daresay he may have even hit falsetto, but I have no musical training so I can’t really speak to that.
I had zero doubts when they told me that they were the band that shows up and entertains. Ten people brought 150% effort each that night to that tiny stage. They danced so much that they were constantly bumping into each other, which only proved to me how much they enjoy creating music and performing it for the rest of us. Thankfully, I was able to convince them to play Camp Punksylvania, cos my kids have been dying to see them too.
If you haven’t seen iNCO FIdO live yet, then you obviously need to get on that. Catch them on 3/21 at 222 Ormsby with some other great bands!!!
These guys and gal are beyond talented and they are super sweet humans. Follow them on the Facebook here and go buy their album, Elastic Reality, here (which I just reviewed so you should have already done this. Just sayin….)