Latecomer. I think Zach is in trouble.
After a joyfully busy weekend of authors, art, and music I ventured dahntahn for Sunday night’s grand finale. My goal was to see the juried art of the Three Rivers Arts Festival, have a deliciously decadent lobster burger, and catch some of Pittsburgh’s rock & soul powerhouse The Commonheart‘s set. Due to the delight that is public transportation on Sundays in the ‘burgh I accomplished two of the three, therefore this story isn’t about The Commonheart. Although their sound check was lovely I bused my way to the South Side’s Club Cafe to see Mephiskapheles with support from Latecomer. We recently covered Latecomer in a good deal of depth and I highly suggest you check that out because this story isn’t about them either. This will is all about the other opener at Club Cafe Sunday night, the dominating Rock and Roll of Pittsburgh’s INCO FIdO.
INCO FIdO are an… intimidating band. Eight members strong, seeing them all together one can relate to The Wu-Tang Clan‘s plan to take over the party by force of numbers and iNCO’s sound blasts from the stage with all of the might that their presence suggests. The band was formed when the unequaled ska band Masters of the Universe split due to “artistic differences” and the remaining members; Chuck Veri-vocals, Hannah Loch-Sax, and A.J. Veri-trumpet absorbed a fledgling band consisting of Tim Costello-drums, Jeremy-bass/backing vocals, and Colin Shanahan-guitar. Add the depth of Jason Van Jura on keys/backing vocals & the frenetic percussion and backing vocals of Ausin “Bubby” Hall and INCO was born. PR mastermind of the group, Chuck said of their formation,”Tim lives right down the street from me. I was going down to the beer distributor where he works anyway, so I just asked him to join up with us. He said yes!”
Taking their name from graffiti on a train bridge over 376W near Carnegie because it “sounds good” INCO FIdO was birthed in 2015 and saw the release of their debut six-track EP, “After You” that same year. All of their recording and production takes place “in house,” so to speak, with said house being a unit in EZ Self-Storage with bassist Jeremy at the helm. In the age of ProTools and similar wizardry Jeremy is self-taught, honing his skills through a process of trial and error and the recordings are crisp and clean. Be on the lookout for their next self-produced effort, currently a “work in progress” due to an unfortunate mishap of the laptop with the masters “falling” out of a window. I didn’t make that up, but in the meantime you can pick up their two-track single “Line Dancing” b/w “876” on a nifty thumb drive at any of their shows.