As a teenager growing up in the ‘90s I had a steady diet of alternative bands like Smashing Pumpkins, Dinosaur Jr. and Nirvana to name a few. It didn’t take me long after listening to Into the Sun by Inbokeh to hear some similarities. Suffice it to say if you’re a fan of aforementioned bands you will enjoy Into the Sun.
Jonathan Burgess (bass guitar/vocals), Danial Swafford (guitar) and Cody Smith (drums) only officially formed in 2015 but have years of friendship and experience behind them and perhaps that's why their debut is so impressive. There is a lot on this EP to enjoy. The songwriting is top notch but so is the production. I love an alternative album that sounds refined, professional yet live (take for instance the production on Siamese Dream). That's what you get on Into the Sun. Everything sounds great but the guitars especially just sound huge.
Up first is “Cool Days.” Waves of distortion, crashing cymbals and a hefty bass come at you right out of the gate. Things cool down a bit when the verse arrives and the vocals are covered in a tasteful amount of reverb. It has a tinge of My Bloody Valentine. The band makes you think they are taking you to a crescendo with an inspired snare roll but fool you once they are about to break.
“Spend Time” has that J Mascis guitar sound most lead guitarists yearn for while “Head Out into the Sun” contains an adrenaline inducing energy that keeps coming. The energy continues with “Stay” which felt like the most commercially viable and single ready out of the songs. They close with “Ghost in My Hallway.” It’s the nail in the coffin that says this band can deliver the goods.
I can’t deny I love the vibe of this band and if they sound half as good live I suggest you catch one of their shows. Into the Sun works on a number of levels. The five songs feel cohesive; they build a foundation that leaves them room to explore if and when they release a full length. This EP is a very promising start.
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