Ingram Hillâ€™s straight-ahead approach has sent them from city to city playing bars, festivals and colleges. The bandâ€™s unprocessed style combines old-school rock rawness with modern flair.
While mainstream rock seems to be giving way to boy/girl band pop, the bandâ€™s lead guitarist Phil Bogard thinks rock will revive itself.
â€śIt can make a comeback for sure,â€ť Bogard said. â€śAll it will take is time. Popular music is a cycle. You start with what is mainstream and it gets taken to all levels more extreme. Eventually though,
the extremities get a little ridiculous and something more stripped down, raw, and well-rooted surfaces.â€ť
This provides somewhat of a relief, he said.
Bogard pointed to the example of Nirvana and Pearl Jam surfacing from Seattle when metal was riding high.
Rock has influenced many of todayâ€™s styles, he said.
He doesnâ€™t think the success of current emo, rap and other bands makes it tougher on rock groups, he said.
A group like the Black Crowes came in and prospered when glam rock, big hair and spandex were in, he said.
â€śI guess what I'm saying is that you can always slip a good rock band in any scene,â€ť Bogard said.
Ingram Hillâ€™s no-nonsense style is delivered with inventive melodies and tastefulness.
â€śEvery member of the band came into this with different tastes in music,â€ť Bogard said.
The band's Influences include Elton John, Billy Joel, Frank Black, Ween and the Rolling Stones.
â€śSo every member brings his own tastes and background to the band,â€ť Bogard said. â€śAnd, I think that it shows in the writing. There is no dominant instrument here. It's more about great songs than highlighting
any particular player.
â€śPersonally, I think that when I write a song I have people like Tom Petty in mind. Even if the song comes out sounding way different from that style with a full band behind it, I think that the best
songs can be stripped down to just an acoustic guitar and a voice in kind of a folk manner.â€ť
The band has accomplished a lot, selling about 10,000 records independently. They hope to continue to trend.
â€śOur most recent accomplishments would have to be just continuing to push the goals that we started out with,â€ť Bogard said. â€śWe are building live followings and markets all over the country. Our next
goal is to make a great record around May.â€ť
Playing out regularly has been rewarding, Bogard said.
Over the next month, Ingram Hill will play in Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee and Arkansas.
â€śWe are a melting pot of influence,â€ť he said. â€śSomeone told me once that the only thing he ever learned from his own music is who his influences were. I think that playing together has put all these
influences together to make a rock and roll stew. You can never be too diverse, and I think that if one sees us in a live show, he will see the diversity and the melting pot of influence.â€ť
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