Incura

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INCURA
OriginLethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Genrescinematic metal, symphonic metal, hard rock,[1]
Years active2003 (2003)–present
LabelsWarner Music Canada, Coalition Music (Records), Inside Out/Century Media
Associated actsDislexic
Websiteincura.net
MembersPhil Gardner - Drums
Kyle Gruninger - Vocals
Jim McLaren – Keys
Jono Olson - Bass
Gatlin Fitzgerald - Guitar
Past membersRoyce Whittaker
Adam Rosner
Jeff Arnold

INCURA is a Canadian cinematic metal band based in Vancouver, BC. Their musical style is a unique blend of hard rock, prog and metal instrumentals, with high vocals. The band's name is a combination of their previous name, INVEIN, and the Cura spell from the Final Fantasy game series.

History[edit]

Origins, high school and the Lethbridge scene[edit]

INCURA formed in Lethbridge, Alberta. Original guitar player Gatlin Fitzgerald attended Wilson Jr High School with bass player Jono Olson, and Lethbridge Collegiate Institute with Kyle during their high school years. All three musicians were heavily involved in the local music scene; Gat and Jono played in a band called "Last in Line" while Kyle performed with a band called "Dislexic". After being introduced by mutual friends from the Lethbridge scene, the trio began to jam together on a regular basis. Drummer Adam Rosner, who also attended LCI, was invited to join in on these sessions, and the group began writing music under the name "Invein."[2]

New West Theatre; Kyle meets Jim[edit]

Kyle was active in the competitive chamber choir circuit in high school, and his performance background lead him to study at the University of Lethbridge after graduation. During this time he worked to make ends meet performing stage shows and musical reviews with "New West Theatre," a professional theatre company in the area. It was here that Kyle met Jim McLaren.[3] Jim was given a demo that the band had done, and he recorded piano tracks over top.

Invein to INCURA[edit]

In 2003 the original band lineup recorded an EP, titled "A Way Out."[4] The recording process was productive for the quartet – while Fitzgerald, Gruninger, Olson and Rosner were relatively happy with the tracks, they did not feel that "A Way Out" best represented the band artistically. Over the course of the next two years the quartet worked out their creative vision, inviting keyboard player McLaren to join the group during the recording process of their next EP, 2005's "Is Everyone Ready to Face What We're Fighting For."[5]

Similarly, the band grew tired of the name INVEIN after the release of their 2003 EP. Though it had the right vibe for the band's new music, many other groups also used it as a moniker. The material generated for the 2005 EP by Fitzgerald, Gruninger, Olson and Rosner was highly original, and the addition of McLaren's keyboard playing marked a genre shift for the band away from more conventional metal. The group decided to change their name keeping the "IN" and adding "CURA" – a healing spell from the Final Fantasy RPGs.[6] In that moment INCURA was born.

Vancouver and beyond[edit]

In 2006 all five of the members of INCURA moved to Vancouver, British Columbia. The quintet spent the next several years playing extensively and became staples in the BC hard rock scene. They recorded another EP, "swords.souls.secrets," in 2007, and shortly after its release Rosner left the group.[7] He was replaced by a friend of the band from Lethbridge, Jeff Arnold.

In 2008 INCURA competed in the CFOX-FM Vancouver Seeds music competition. They were ultimately awarded the top, Platinum, prize, joining the ranks of past winners like Bif Naked, Matthew Good, Gob and Faber Drive. As a part of the Platinum prize the band opened for Sloan and the Stone Temple Pilots on Aug 30, 2008.[8]

2009 was another big year for the quintet. The band attended Canadian Music Week in Toronto, Ontario, and generated a great deal of buzz for their unique sound.[9] Following the success of their stay in Toronto INCURA recorded a seven track EP titled "The Lost." Shortly after its June release drummer Jeff Arnold left the group and Phil Gardner joined the band.

Manager Rob Lanni had mentored the members of INCURA as part of their prize package from the 2008 FOX Seeds competition.[8] As the band's fan base grew, so did the interest of various record labels in their music. It was around the time of Gardner's joining the group that INCURA was approached by Lanni's company, Coalition Music (formerly Coalition Entertainment). The band signed to Coalition Music (Records)/Warner Music Canada late in 2009.[10]

Coalition Music (Records)/Warner Music Canada & Inside Out/Century Media[edit]

The three years after The Lost EP marked the longest break from recording in the band's history. The band gigged extensively in Vancouver and abroad with their new tunes, most notably opening for Apocalyptica in May 2012[11] and playing the huge club-run Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany in September 2012.[12] They continued to write new material and in 2012 they recorded and released a six-song self-titled EP. Because of the band's heavy performance schedule and their use of the new material in their 2012 shows, their self-titled EP became known by the members and their fans as "The Tour EP."

Long-time guitarist Gatlin Fitzgerald left the band near the end of 2012, after the tracking of the band's self-titled, full-length release from Coalition Music (Records)/Warner Music Canada. Fitzgerald was replaced by Royce Whittaker, whose former band had shared a jam space with INCURA in Vancouver.

In January 2013 INCURA launched a national Canadian tour, dubbed the "Theatre of Anarchy Tour" in advance of their full-length debut with Coalition Music (Records)/Warner Music Canada.[13] Their tour-mates included 40 Sons and Six Side Die.[14]

In 2014 Incura signed a deal with Inside Out/Century Media and released their self-titled record across Europe/UK on Feb. 26th 2014. After a 2-year hiatus Gatlin rejoined the band as lead guitarist. The band is currently recording new material.

Incura albums
A Way Out (EP) 2003
Is Everyone Ready to Face What We're Fighting For? (EP) 2005
swords.souls.secrets (EP) 2007
The Lost EP 2009
INCURA (The Tour EP) 2012
INCURA 2013
INCURA (European Edition) 2014
Incura II 2017
INCURA Singles
Who You Are Jan 2013[15]
Turning Blue Jan 2013[16]
The Greatest Con March 2014 [17]
INCURA videos
"Here to Blame" Animated Video May 7, 2010
"I'd Give Anything" Official Lyric Video Jan 16, 2013
"Who You Are" Official Music Video Feb 6, 2013
"Turning Blue" Official Lyric Video Feb 15, 2013
"Get the Gun" Official Lyric Video Feb 26, 2013
"The Greatest Con" Official Music Video Mar 7, 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ HotFlashes. "INCURA Announce Headlining Canadian Tour Ahead of Self-Titled Debut Release". Bravewords.com. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  2. ^ "Profile Page". music.CBC.ca. Archived from the original on 2016-03-01.
  3. ^ FRIDAE. "Lowdown Kyle from Incura". Interview. Altsounds.com. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  4. ^ "Artist Profile". music.cbc.ca. Archived from the original on March 1, 2016. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  5. ^ "Incura Albums". last.fm. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  6. ^ Moore, Bruce. "Interview with Incura; vocalist Kyle Gruninger on the band's unique theatrical/operatic metal". puregrainaudio.com. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  7. ^ "Incura Albums". last.FM. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Seeds 2008". CFOX.com. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  9. ^ "The Lowdown: Kyle from Incura". AltSounds.com. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  10. ^ "INCURA Bio". incura.net. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  11. ^ "INCURA/Apocalyptica Tour 2012". facebook.com. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  12. ^ "Reeperbahn Festival: Detail, INCURA". ReeperbahnFestival.com. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  13. ^ HotFlashes. "INCURA Announce Headlining Canadian Tour In Advance Of Self-Titled Album Debut". bravewords.com. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  14. ^ "INCURA Announces New Tour". Retrieved March 25, 2013.
  15. ^ "Who You Are - Official Music Video". Youtube. Retrieved March 25, 2013.
  16. ^ "Turning Blue Official Lyric Video". Youtube. Retrieved March 25, 2013.
  17. ^ "The Greatest Con - Official Music Video". Youtube. March 25, 2013.

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