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Band of the Week

Impending Lies



Meet the Band: Matt Hayes (vocals), James Skrtich (guitars, vocals, programming), Adam Markov (percussion), Davo Billock (guitars, vocals, programming), Jason Minks (bass)

A Supergroup of Sorts: The members of Impending Lies all played together in heralded local hard rock acts like Scalera, Vendetta Point, Resist, Puppet, Ground Lift, Element, Rikets and D-Rail before coming together in 2011. "This style is what I wanted to do for years," says Skrtich. "When you start a band, everyone takes you in a different direction and you lose that vibe. I started writing in 2010 and then me and Matt [Hayes] went in the studio the next year and dropped the EP."

Production Issues: Putting the finishing touches on their new album, Until the Lights Burn Out, which they recorded at the locally based Empire Recordings, wasn't easy, however. The hard drive with all the files got corrupted and the band had to go back to the studio and rerecord some of the tracks. Still, the production quality on the final product is first rate. "I'm extremely happy with the way it came out," says Skrtich. "It just took so long to get out."

Metal Town: Classifying the band's music isn't easy. Not as heavy as The Deftones, the band is more melodic than most hard rock acts. "Cleveland is a metal city and we all came from metal bands. I talk to certain DJs who don't consider our music metal at all and other people consider us heavy," Skrtich says. "We run that fine line of metal to hard rock. We stick to the structure of intro, verse and chorus. We like the electronics and we like the heavy but we like the melodic too. 'Superhero' is the lightest song we have but we're working on one that's a straight up ballad."

Why You Should Hear Them: "In Time" features roaring guitars but balances the heaviness with melodic vocals, and the break-up song "Over Again" is a power ballad on steroids. "Fall to Pieces" has a more industrial edge to it and recalls Disturbed or even Nine Inch Nails. The band hopes to release yet another studio album before the year's end.

Where You Can Hear Them:

Where You Can See Them: Impending Lies performs with Via the Sun, Drenalin, Sins of Apathy, Darling Waste and A Brilliant Night at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 30 at Peabody's. — Jeff Niesel

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