All good things come in threes. Hannah, Nathan and Will of ING are no exception to the rule. Putting the twang back into the Progressive Indie scene of Charlottesville, Virginia, ING have just released an EP of some sound entitled, wait for it, ing! Featuring the delightfully named tracks Whiskey and Flake, we wanted to find out more about the new band...
Hannah: Three peoples making the sounds
Nathan: ING, personally, means I'm not George, as in I'm not George Harrison.
Will: Hannah used to do music as Porcelain, and then needed a drummer so I came, and then needed a bassist so we got Nathan, and the whole thing kinda just snowballed out of control from there.
Hannah: Noise in the world
Nathan: ING is pronounced - eye, en, gee, like it's spelled; there's a lot of doing happening while playing.
Will: Math Twang. Attention-to-Detail-core.
Whiskey and Flake?
Hannah: being in your 20s is emotions.
Will: “Godhead landing”...the part when I get to hit things real fast and chaotic-like.
Nathan: Whiskey in my brain, flakes in my veins. But seriously the songs to me are about how little age can play into perception. Like you've seen shit when your five, you've seen shit when you're fifty. Experience doesn't make experiencing any easier. But that's okay, it doesn't make the experience any less.
Hannah: The internet! See shows in Richmond, Harrisonburg, DC; local house shows!
Nathan: How Come Sky? and my Dad’s attic.
Will: I take a bite out of whatever happens to be floating past my face at any given moment.
Hannah: E/INFPs super *chill*
Nathan: I'm pretty sure we've all napped during a gig before.
Will: The above is all true.
ING haven't done it the easy way. When I say that I mean that they haven't tried to create a sound which fits into any scene, space, time, whatever. Whiskey is the reason why I say this. It's the first song that you hear on the 2 track ing EP. First impressions, they say, take less than a second to make. ING haven't tried to make any definitive impression with their music, instead they've made a sound which is totally them.
This is the part of the article where we usually describe said sound. We talk about the twangs, the Indie echoes, the strength of the vocal line. Then we usually try to make a comparison to another band. They remind us of [enter Indie group x y z here]. Not today. Whiskey is it's own jaunt, it's raw as hell, battered around the edges, and best induldged massively intoxicated. But that's exactly what Whiskey is.
Flake is therefore the inevitable hangover after a night on the Whiskey. Or should I say, the strength that you must muster the next day (often with the help of a little chocolate Flake) to get over the hangover. It's full of energy in its own way, but is a little more meandering, a little more understandable, a little clearer. It's precisely this clarity which makes it the perfect second half to the ing EP. We don't know if the band planned it like that, after all they are a band of few words, but it's like this EP is a call and response. The mad opening, the reflective closing. It's what makes ING a very interesting prospect for the future.