In Your Memory is a post hardcore band from Washington D.C., except for one band member from Cleveland.
Their latest album, Failure to Launch, came out in July 2017. You can find it at the usual places – Spotify, bandcamp, iTunes. In Your Memory just finished up a tour with Emery, As Cities Burn and LOYALS. The band members are Omar Veras, Casey Reid, Alex Scott, Troy Humphrey and Jonathan Shephard.
They are a band that is new to me and I wanted to find out more before they come back to Cleveland. Omar Veras, lead singer of In Your Memory, fielded the questions on behalf of the band.
Who in the group is from Cleveland? How did they wind up meeting the other band members?
Casey is originally from Parma, which is right outside of Cleveland. We linked up through a friend that played in another local DMV band when we were auditioning new guitarists a few years ago.
Who is your favorite superhero? Real or fiction.
Not to be cliche but my mother…I’ve seen this woman go hell & back for her family sacrificing herself always. Even still after her heart attack, she kept a straight face, I love you vieja! On the fiction side…hands down The Flash is my dude!
Do you think that more kids will experience a failure to launch?
Hopefully they do. The way I see it failing is apart of life…show me someone who hasn’t failed and ill show you someone who isn’t successful.
Would people go to shows if they couldn’t take their phone?
I know so! It would turn into a “secret” that only those who join see. Plus other than chaos we also push our passion level to the limit which means anyone watching will feel like they are part of the show sharing those emotions in each song.
Does it bother you when people film the your shows?
I’m split down the middle! Although I’m all for “in the moment experiences” but I love the fact that you can also show your friends the chaos that goes on when IYM hits the stage. For me, as long as those folks bring more friends next time I’m for it!
Where was your first show?
One of the first shows I can remember was in Virginia when we opened up for Twelve Foot Ninja. That was the first time we were all comfortable enough to command the stage.
Who chose to do the Mulan cover? Do you still play it during shows? (The video is hilarious by the way.)
After bouncing several ideas around, Troy mentioned the song from Mulan. After several play throughs we all got on board. I’m glad you loved the video concept. No, lol we don’t play it live. I think I’ve played it live acoustically in the past but never full band!
What do you love about Washington D.C.?
The culture…I can honestly say DC is the melting pot of the US. We have it all!
Are there any videos that you watch repeatedly?
Lately, I’ve been glued to the NPR Music channel on youtube. It’s a series of stripped down songs performed by their artist. The top 2 I’ve been playing repeatable are the ones from Chance the Rapper & Anderson .Paak, you need to check those out!
Are there any causes/organizations that you support?
Definitely! All things against domestic violence and keeping everyone awareness of police brutality towards ethnic groups. A few local organizations that come to mind are BlackLivesMatterDMV.org and DCcadv.org.