Thursday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m.
$10 advance, $12 at the door
2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing
While Incite has a royal metal pedigree, it shouldn’t distract from the group’s own musical merit. Richie Cavalera, stepson of Sepultura and Soulfly’s Max Cavalera, has been grinding an ax of his own since 2004.
Cavalera is Incite’s sole constant. While onstage he’s only responsible for vocal duties, behind the scenes he oversees all aspects of the band’s music and career trajectory. Though Incite has a fluid chemistry in its songwriting, Cavalera is the captain.
With six releases clocked in, Incite is on a national tour as it prepares for its next full-length recording project. City Pulse managed to speak with Cavalera by phone, while he and the rest of Incite make their way to Michigan for a Thursday night show at Mac’s Bar.
One of Incite’s first tours was done entirely with the band crammed inside of a two-door Toyota. How has life on the road improved since then?
A lot of people know don’t know about that tour; when I tell people about it, they trip out. Everything now is killer — we've been busting our asses since then, and now we’re in a 15-passenger van. So it's definitely growing; we're putting in the hard work and the tours and shows are as fun as ever. We can’t complain.
What's the album you're pushing on this tour?
We’re kind of pushing everything. We’re doing this headline tour in a gap between albums. The new one is recorded, so people coming to these shows are gonna hear two new songs before anything for radio, video, or anything like that. We’re doing that special for anybody that comes out.
But you’re gonna hear a lot of everything — a lot of “The Slaughter,” a lot of “Up in Hell,” a lot of “Oppression.” We’ve done a lot of support tours over the years, and we want to headline shows to sort of see where our place is. Hopefully it catapults us into bigger support slots and bigger tours. Either way we’re stoked — it’s gonna be a rager.
You’re playing gigs throughout the Midwest right now, does it stack up with the crazier places you’ve played in Europe and South America?
Without question. Our goal is just to play; we don’t care where it is. Yeah, we go to South America and it’s a 5,000-seat show, and we come here and there’s maybe 100 people. But you still give the same performance, the same energy — the same everything. It’s all about performing, that’s what the four of us truly love to do. Doing that wherever in the world is a blessing. South America has its cool parts, but so does Middle America. It’s summer, on our days off we get to barbecue and go to lakes. It’s all special, no matter where it is.
You’re Max Cavalera’s stepson; you grew up in metal. But what are some nonmetal things that inspire your music?
When you’re around metal 24/7 and that’s your family, that’s your personal life, and it’s everything you’ve known and done, it makes you want to explore different outreaches: rock, reggae and classical stuff that isn’t just metal constantly.
My mom grew up a hippie, so she was involved in metal, but she was going to concerts like Led Zeppelin, she would always influence with those things, and Max would influence us with the crazier things. It was always a good blend in my house.
It opens up influences of where I want to take my metal and my band. It’s never good to be an artist, or a fan even, and just be bogged down with only one specific theme, or one specific metal.
There’s so much good music out there happening by all different walks of life and branches of music. I think those early ‘80s bands, like Journey and Dokken, just hit me good. They have the guitar playing you find in metal, a lot of shredding and solos, but then you have the really meaningful lyrics. That’s one thing that’s always influenced Incite.