Please introduce your band
SOARE is an American Hard Rock/Metal band from Wyoming that started in 2018. Formed by members Rob Ingerle and Yukon Swainson, with Nova West joining in 2020. Primarily pulling influences from multiple Metal sub genres, SOARE also pulls influences from Hard Rock and Pop. This is a three piece band with two vocalists and one instrumentalist. Musicians are hired to fill in on bass and drums when necessary for performances, but all instrumental writing is done by Rob. The combination of Nova's soaring vocals with Yukon's aggressive vocals and Rob's instrumental mastery creates their unique sound and style.
Tell us about your lineup
Rob Ingerle is the band’s instrumentalist. He started on guitar in Junior High School and now he plays the drums, guitar, bass, keyboard, and he does all of the mixing and producing. He is the kind of musician that will learn any instrument he is given the opportunity to play around and write with.
Nova West is our female vocalist. She has been singing her entire life and started with country and bluegrass styles as a child with her parent’s. Junior High and High School she sang choral pieces, opera, and jazz but through all this time she listened to rock and alternative music. Once in college she joined her first rock band and her styles have progressed since then into what they are now with SOARE.
Yukon Swainson has developed his screaming technique over several years. He has always enjoyed heavier music and worked with both Rob and Nova on their previous projects as he honed in on his vocal technique. He has worked with other vocalists to try different techniques and progressed to where he is now with SOARE.
How did the band meet?
Rob and Yukon have known each other since Elementary School. They have been in the same circle of friends since then and worked together in a previous band as well. Once their previous project fell through they had agreed that they were not done making music together and they formed SOARE. Through working together on Nova’s previous projects Rob invited Nova to work on a piece with SOARE and all of the pieces fit together.
Once our sound was solidified we set our sights on releasing our first full album. We need to make music in order to express how we feel and the thoughts we think. Music has saved all of us in our darkest hours and we only hope our music can do the same for those who hear it. This expression and the community it forms is what drives us.
What's the story behind your band name?
It was actually inspired by the lead singer of One OK Rock. His name is Taka and Taka in English means hawk. Taka was also the name Sasuke gave his group that was hunting down Itachi in the popular anime series called “Naruto”, which was what Yukon used to come over to Rob’s house to watch when they were younger. A Soare is a young hawk. Hence our name SOARE came to be.
Tell us about your influences!
Our musical influences include Trivium, Paramore, Megadeth, Dreamstate, Slaves, One OK Rock, Coldrain, Bad Omens, Evanescence, Bring Me the Horizon, Architects, Fall Out Boy, Nickelback and several more.
Outside of that our influences range from personal experiences and emotions to our nerdy passions. We all love anime and video games and have written songs based entirely on a favorite anime or video game character.
Could you describe your approach to songwriting?
We like to challenge ourselves here. For the debut album most of the writing consisted of Rob writing the instrumentals and then Nova or Yukon writing the lyrics. Then we would build the melody and harmonies on top of what was already there using the lyrics we had already established. We found this to be a bit limiting when it came to playing with melodies.
We have started the next album already and we are trying to start with Rob’s instrumentals and then writing the melody over that. Once we have a melody and vocal rhythm we like we then write the lyrics and make them fit the rhythms and notes we already like. We are very interested in the difference this will make on the final product and we are excited to share it.
Describe your band's first big break
Nova’s first big break was the call outs from Chris Jericho and the band Downstait in her previous project.
For the band SOARE this debut album has been our biggest breakthrough. We worked on the music and promotion for almost 2 years and we are still working on the promotion aspect. In this world of social media there are a lot of posts to be made and an audience to build. We released some cover songs on YouTube to start building a larger fan base before the album release. We also released some in studio videos of original songs from this debut album.
Tell us about some of your most memorable gigs - both good and bad!
Rob’s most memorable gig was the first one he played at the junior high talent show. He was insanely nervous and after the song ended everyone lost their minds and he knew that's something he wanted to do.
One of Nova’s most memorable gigs was in her first band when there were members of the crowd singing the words she wrote for the first time. Fans that she had touched with her message were singing along with her live and the music had done its magic once again.
Yukon’s was when he played Ernie's at a local venue. Being able to play where he had seen so many shows was incredibly awesome.
The worst ones are usually just the ones where you feel like your songs didn’t reach anyone. Sometimes that is because you were playing to no one or the sound tech couldn’t dial you in right. However, those are the lonely nights as a musician, when you performed your heart out which helped you express yourself and your passion, but there was no bond formed with even one member of the audience. We will never stop doing what we love, but we really love those nights where we are no longer alone in those feelings.
What advice do you have to those who want to start a band?
The best advice is to make sure you choose your band members well. You need to be able to fully trust these people you will spend so much time with. When you write music together you are sharing part of yourself every time. You also have to make sure that you are all willing to put in the same amount of work and that you share the same goals. Making music can be just that simple but if you are trying to reach a larger audience then it takes a lot of promotional work, time and money. Everyone needs to be on the same page when it comes to goals and the steps it takes to get there.
The best part of being in a band is making a difference in the community that you have built. We have had fans reach out to tell us that our music has gotten them through a really hard time or even saved their life. That is such a beautiful thing to hear. That is one of the things that keeps you writing and opening your heart every time.
The worst bits are generally just dealing with hatred or misunderstandings on social media. Tone is hard to gather through emails and messaging and sometimes people choose to believe you had bad intent with something. We always do our best to make sure people understand, but we also respect other people’s opinions and emotions.
What are some of the challenges you face being in a band?
Our biggest challenge is to continue growing towards and finding our own sound. We have many influences that pop up in our writing and we want to continue exploring those without losing our own unique sound. It is easy to match another band in their sound and style because they have already done the hard work of creating it but it is hard to create your own sound and stay true to it while growing as artists.
What does it take to be successful as a band?
Being a successful band takes hard work and dedication. You can write a million songs but unless you get them out there to be heard, you'll never become successful. It's a grind and you can't stop. People will always keep scrolling and you want to keep popping up in their feed. Make sure they know about the new song, the new photoshoot or the new video.
How important is music theory?
We would say music theory is 50/50. If you lock yourself in the music theory box then that could get rid of some of the creative aspects of writing. On the flip side you need to understand at least a little bit of it in order to write strong melodies, harmonies, and interesting song structures.
Never forget the basics but don’t let them keep you from creating something new and interesting.
Tell us about the releases you've put out to date
The singles we released were “A Curious Case of Mistaken Identity”, “Nocturnal (Out at Night)”, “Beneath the Sea” and “Super Nova (An Appetite for Lies)”. All of the singles were released in 2020.
“A Curious Case of Mistaken Identity'' was written by Rob and Yukon about an ugly previous relationship.
“Nocturnal (Out at Night)” was also written by Rob and Yukon. This one is about mythological creatures that go bump in the night.
“Beneath the Sea'' was written by Rob and Yukon with added vocals from Nova. This song is about drowning in your own anxiety.
“Super Nova (An Appetite for Lies)” is the first song written by Nova and Rob for SOARE. It is about accepting and embracing your true self despite the expectations of others.
The debut album “Anthropomorphic Demons” was released Aug 27, 2021. This album is the first full taste of SOARE’s sound and styles. It includes the above-mentioned singles and more. It has been received amazingly by fans and rock and metal pages and reviewers. We will see exactly how many over the next few months, but already the names include The Core- Unsigned and Independent Rock and Metal, FemMetal- Goddesses of Metal, We Write About Music, and The Median Man.
What has been your band's biggest achievement?
Our biggest achievement has definitely been this debut album. “Anthropomorphic Demons” has proved to be quite the achievement and continues to grow our fan base even now. With it we have seen our followers across all social platforms grow and we have seen immense success with our first music video for this album as well. It has already received over 1000 views within the first 3 days of its release.
How do you view the current state of the music industry?
The current state of the music industry is very interesting. The top names remain in the pop and hip hop genres but we see these same artists receiving immensely positive feedback when they dabble in rock or punk sounds. Maybe this is the first sign of the comeback of Rock and Metal. We are only excited to see where this goes as we know the two genres have remained very strong in their own respects after all this time.
What are you working on right now?
We are currently working on our promotions for the debut album as it is a never ending process. On the creative side we are already working on our next album and some more covers to pull in a larger audience on our YouTube channel. As huge fans of music it is always fun to cover songs that have touched us but our main focus will always be our original music. Nothing can beat the feeling of creating something new as a band.
What is your focus for the year ahead?
Our focus for the year ahead is to continue to build our fan base. We will continue to release covers and self produced videos for those covers. We want to share our music with anyone that will listen and touch as many hearts as possible. We also plan to write our next album and finish two more music videos for songs from the debut album.
Thank you so much for dropping by the WeJam studio! Where can we follow your progress?