Interview with Incendiary guitarist Brian Audley and vocalist Brendan Garrone | By Hutch

The world is a tough place, and people often develop a callous exterior in order to move forward through life. Incendiary play hardcore that exhibits these qualities. They decided to title their new album Thousand Mile Stare—released May 5 via Closed Casket Activities—as a play on the hardened leatherneck’s term for trauma: thousand-yard stare. In this war of daily battles, Incendiary provide a harsh soundtrack as fuel to traverse our hardships, combining crunchy metallic grooves with dissonant downturns and brutal breakdowns to create evocative hardcore.

Incendiary’s last album, Cost of Living, was released in 2013. Touring has occupied them since. Mostly, though, guitarist Brian Audley and vocalist Brendan Garrone have been dealing with “work and life.” Four fifths of the band is now Brooklyn-based, migrating over the last four years. “We still definitely identify as a Long Island band,” Garrone inserts. “Traditionally, Long Island always had more of a melodic identity with bands like Silent Majority. Maybe, morally and ethically, we identify with bands like Silent Majority. But sonically, we identify with the heavier bands, Vision Of Disorder and Indecision. They are the bands that sculpted us in terms of their sound.”

Audley adds, “We will always have that connection to Long Island. That identity is important to us. I think it’s a place that was in the shadow of the most famous hardcore scene in the world, which is New York. Because of that, they developed their own thing. Just as NYHC is obviously a thing, so is Long Island.”

Thousand Mile Stare is a heavy album. Relentless in its swinging chugs, the breakdowns and chorus stomps radiate with heavy guitars. The album delivers a bigger sound, an increase in the grandiose feeling to match the lyrical ideas. Producer Will Putney had the skills and the ability to inject Incendiary with the confidence needed to accomplish this. Garrone states, “Will has a lot to do with [the bigger sound]. Working with him was great. The recording experience, particularly with Will, was a lot more collaborative, fluid, and dynamic. That big sound was something we were after. I think we achieved that.”

Incendiary hails Putney’s abilities and engaging process. Audley adds, “He knows how to bring out the biggest and the heaviest of the bands he works with.”

Garrone speaks on Putney’s approach to working with a new band, explaining, “[Your success] depends on your level of preparedness. We have our shit together. We have all of our songs written. Then, Will becomes a sounding board, a reality check. Lyrically, he was helpful recording vocals. I usually am in my own world. It was nice to have a consultative approach, where I was bouncing ideas off of him.”

Audley concludes, “With the exception of Will Yip, Will Putney was the only producer who cared about how the songs would come out. He became a trusted voice, a trusted opinion.”

The lyrics on Thousand Mile Stare are challenging in the midst of contemporary times. The opener, “Still Burning,” screams punishingly, “Still being, still burning.” Garrone feels a desperate push to address his position in this world. “The album is about growing up with the perspective of looking back at things I’ve done,” he shares. “And to look forward. I’m looking back at my life with longer perspective.” He claims that these lyrics are more personal than any others he has written, continuing, “I tried to have those themes instead of just socio-political ones.”

Still, Garrone can’t quell his outward anger. “Sell Your Cause” is his commentary “overtly on gun control.” Perhaps the most compelling track is “The Product Is You,” which Garrone elaborates “is looking at people as commodities to be traded. The notion of doing things that are free—are they ever free? [It’s about] the price of looking at people as a commodity. Those themes are interesting to me.”

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