Home town is where Heart beats loudest
THEY'VE been touring through Europe, America and around the country but nothing beats the home crowd for InHeartsWake.
The Byron Bay hardcore metal band gets the hometown advantage on Saturday when they play at The YAC.
The five-piece outfit comprising Ben Nairne, Eaven Dall, Caleb Burton, Kyle Erich and Jake Taylor released its debut album Divination in 2012.
The album was recorded in Michigan with renowned engineer Josh Schroeder, while the interest at home garnered them a contract with label UNFD.
Since the album's release the band has been on 13 tours and still have a few coming up.
Frontman Jake Taylor is taking the band's successes in his stride.
"We still all have our day jobs," he said. "We're lucky enough our bosses are very kind to us.
"It's nice to pitch in, they've been good to us so we'll be good to them."
The growing success of the band has hardly come overnight.
The band formed in 2006 while they were still in high school and they've been slogging away ever since.
Taylor said the band's success was more apparent when he played at a venue where he was once in the crowd, cheering on his favourite bands.
"There's never really a definitive moment where you just get bumped up," he said.
"A personal milestone for me was being able to play Riverstage in Brisbane. I've been on the other side of that watching my favourite band's play to 3000 people and you just think, wow that's massive.
"So to be up there and play to a couple of thousand people that's a responsibility. It was very enjoyable but it was a bit nerve wracking. That was a definitive moment of showing the progress and evolution from being a person in the crowd to being on stage, it was very cool."
When it comes to the international gigs, it's when the kids in the crowd who don't speak English are singing along to every word.
"They just learnt them (the lyrics) somehow," Taylor said.
"I'm talking 50-100 people just going crazy for you on the other side of the world, that's pretty wild."
But none of that compares to a Byron Bay show.
"It's amazing," he said. "It's another one of those things where you notice the change from being in the crowd to being on the stage.
"It's a lot smaller venue but I was 12-13, watching Parkway (Drive) play back in the day and just to be a part of that scene, to really grow into it and inspire others, to feel a part of a community is such a rewarding thing.
"The YAC, that scene, there's nothing like a Byron Bay show, nothing like it. Words can't describe what it's like to have your family and friends there."
Both InHeartsWake and Parkway Drive have made a name for the Byron Bay hardcore scene but Taylor said it was not as strong as it used to be.
"I hate to say it but the scene has definitely become a lot more sparse, which is a shame," he said. "There are some promising musicians, bands like Rain Dogs are one. There have been so many bands come and go and that's fine as long as we keep the music alive.
"If everyone just picks up instruments, name or no name, music is such a good outlet and I don't want the music to die in Byron."
Check out some of InHeartsWake's music here.