You expected the members, you get the album cover! Psych!
First off, Happy Independence Day to TPS’ American readers! Why not celebrate with some good ol’ California rock?
It can be hard to be heavy AND accessible. Some artists fail out of the gate, while some evolve into it and get ridiculed. To truly balance the process (!) is to nail it, and Costa Mesa’s Inertia – Dillon Forst (vocals/piano), Zack Harris (guitar), Andrew Chavez (bass) and Joshua Alves (drums) – have done that. Debut album The Process (!!), out now, has elements of post-hardcore, metal, prog and beyond that are polished enough to pull in people that don’t usually listen to that sound. Let’s chat with the dudes shall we?
Piano is an interesting instrument to have in a band like yours. Do you find it easy to write those parts, or can it be a challenge incorporating them?
Thanks for noticing. It is really easy. I went to school for music, so in addition to having started playing the drums at about 5 years old I’ve been around music my whole life. Taking influence from Ben Folds, Paramore, Muse, The Fray and Coldplay made it easy to incorporate piano over our brand of post-rock/alt-rock/metal.
Zack and Dillon previously played together in Memoirs of a Blackened Sky. Was that band similar to Inertia at all?
When Inertia formed, a goal was to bring a fresh sound to your local scene. Orange County’s is pretty well known in general, but what about Costa Mesa’s in particular?
In my opinion we haven’t seen a fresh sound in Orange County for a long time. We keep seeing and hearing the same sounds and in Costa Mesa there’s hardly any scene at all. I don’t think there’s even a proper venue in town to play. Anaheim and Santa Ana have places to play, but we hear a lot of the same sounds. Rarely do we hear a fresh unique blend, so we wrote this for the scene to enjoy.
First single “Guilty Crown” is about domestic violence, and the description under the YouTube video says “We’ve been there and we understand.” If you’re willing to elaborate, what’s the personal connection?
We and I have seen the face of evil. The face of a friend who can’t stand up for themselves after being beaten down physically and emotionally. We’ve watched hearts change to black and back again to red. I wrote this song about a personal experience I had watching one of my best friends lie to her friends about the bruise on her face and couldn’t come to terms with the guilt. She had to cover her face with makeup to conceal the abuse. Not only was she physically and emotionally torn apart, but she had to lie to herself and her friends about what happened. This makes the pain and anguish endless with no chance at healing. It broke my heart, and in the moment I decided it was of greatest importance to show your friends the meaning of self-worth, how to combat self-doubt and learning the value of one’s self. When you feel worthless it’s easy to not stand up for yourself. I wanted to give my friends that feeling of self-worth. Let them know that they mean something to this world and that it’s always okay to stand up on your own two feet for what’s right in your heart.
Now that The Process is out, what touring/etc. is planned in support so far?
September we’re planning a 10-day tour and we are discussing making a GoFundMe for a world tour.