Brian: On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on the great songs and incredible people behind the DC regions music scene, and now we get to know one of the those sets of people which is In Your Memory whose here with me in the studio. In Your Memory is a 5 piece rock band out of Washington DC, that's been putting down beats since 2013. They released their debut album, Reflections, in 2014, and then after Casey joined the final ... After Casey joined and the final line-up was kinda developed, the band began touring more regularly all over the East Coast, and honing their live performance and sound to put together the great shows that you'll see like on Friday night. At, on August 28th, which is not August 28th, it's July 28th-
Omar: There we go.
Brian: ... at Rock n Roll Hotel. So, it was that, it was at this time that Sloppy Vicious was born, which is a term used to describe the haphazard stage presence and live energy of the band. So, through the last couple years, the bands experienced many achievements, including performing on the band's Warped Tour, landing in AP Magazine, and recording with Let Lives guitarist, Jeff Sahyoun, which was, now, is that F to L that we heard or is that on the upcoming album?
Omar: No, so that includes F to L and all the, well in this case, 6 out of the 8 songs on this record coming out.
Brian: Holy smokes. Well, guys it's such a treat to have you on here man. This is ...
Omar: Thanks for having us.
Brian: You're live. This is cool. Talk to us now, you ... Well first, introduce yourselves again, and say what are the instruments you play and what part of, like, how long have you been with the band.
Omar: Definitely. Well, out of the, I guess, since 2013 right? I joined right around that time. 2013, 2014. I'm Omar. I'm singing and jumping off some stuff. Hopefully I can learn how to climb off some stuff like John.
Casey: Are we talking about John the Ninja from ...
Brian: Yah, absolutely.
Casey: I like his skills. My name's Casey. I play guitar or, yah, we'll just put it there. I play guitar. I do a little bit of singing, sometimes I throw in a little didgeridoo here and there. You know, just, you know switch it up a little bit. I like to call that our shenanigans in In Your Memory. I play ... I throw in the didge, you know what I'm saying?
Brian: The didge.
Casey: The didge. If you don't have a didgeridoo in your band, then are you a band?
Brian: There you go.
Casey: If you don't have a kazoo, are you the Kazoo Kid? If you don't have a harmonica, are you the Blues Brothers? Like, c'mon.
Brian: Wow. It's the little things. Maybe it's the little things.
Brian: Holey smokes. Alright. So, and now, how did the band come together? What's that story?
Omar: Definitely. Definitely. You know-
Brian: And the name? Where'd the name come from too? I want to know.
Omar: Alright. Right there on the spot. No, I got you. Listen, let's take it back to when the band first started, right? So, the funny story is that everybody always thinks that me and Casey had to do something with that. And the truth is that it actually started with John and Alex, our drummer and guitarist. Those were the guys that were dealing their services left and right, trying to find the right concoction to put together, right? So those were the gurus that got this show on the road, and eventually they stumbled upon Troy, you know through the lovely Craig's List. He was a Craig's List pickup.
Brian: Excellent. And Troy plays, plays what?
Omar: He plays a bass.
Brian: Got it.
Casey: I'd like to note the rarity of Craig's List pickups ever working. I just wanted to note that. It's a very rare ...
Brian: You know. Actually, I want to say that on the show we've heard about a lot of the success stories, and what most of the people listening don't know is that there are 99 out of every 100 are failures.
Brian: But we happen to have a lot of really good Craig's List stories on the show. It's kind of amazing. So, you get this different perspective when you hear only success stories on this show. But yes, it is really rare.
Casey: Well, you know what, we'll let you have hope then. We will let you have that hope.
Omar: There you go.
Brian: So you got a Craig's List, sorry.
Omar: So, they ran as a 3 man band for a few months. Eventually they stumbled upon me, while I was doing some work with another band. After going back and forth, I decided to jump into the thing, which actually brings us to right around the time when we actually changed the name of the band. John B, J-B, our drummer, he actually took the mantle on that one. We went back and forth for a few days, and eventually he was just like "Hey dude. Why don't we just try this name, In Your Memory"? And it kind of stuck. The mind set behind it was really, hey, it's not only about ... It's not only about, like you know, that whole concept of In Your Memory and obviously someone passing. I remember a few times when we started taking photos with the band, we actually had a few people reach out, and be like "Are you guys okay? In Your Memory? What happened? Did someone pass?", and I was like "Jeez, no, no, no. That's not the case". So, eventually, we moved forward with that name just 'cause we want to be remembered, you know?
Omar: I think no matter who you are, no matter what you're doing, whether it's music or anything else, you kind of always want to put your stamp on whatever you do, right? So that was kind of like where we stuck on that.
Brian: And you want to be in their memory.
Omar: Exactly. Exactly.
Brian: I got it. Clever. Very clever. I dig it.
Omar: You see what I'm saying?
Brian: There it is.
Omar: And it's funny, because it's like no matter ... whenever someone's asking or "Hey, what's the name of the band? What's the name ... Who's playing?", I'm like it's In Your Memory. I just keep pointing at my brain every single time.
Brian: I see. I got it. Alright, and now, and what about? So, you guys, how did you get, where did music come into your lives? How did music start for you guys?
Omar: Well, well before we even jump there. I'd just say, 'cause we forgot about Casey McGee right over here on my left hand side, right?
Brian: Oh yah.
Omar: Yah, right? 'Cause this guy came all the way from where? From the lovely Ohio.
Omar: Yah, right?
Casey: I came straight from the cornfields I transpired, I just ... appeared. Have you ever seen the movie Signs?
Brian: So it was not Craig's List for you then?
Omar: No, for him it wasn't.
Brian: Okay. So then how was it? You can't tease us like that. So, how did it happen?
Casey: Yah, yah, yah. Alright.
Omar: You want me to take this one?
Casey: I'll give you more than the tip, alright? So, here's a-
Omar: There we go. Hello.
Brian: Oh it went there. It's getting steamy in this radio booth here right now. Okay. Not ready.
Casey: I think I saw some fog on the windows right there.
Brian: Yah, alright. So ...
Casey: This is kind of how this came about. I actually was in the Navy for 5 years and they moved me here, so I was gift and packaged in a nice little blue uniform.
Casey: Little sailor outfit.
Omar: With a bow.
Brian: Alright. So you came in as a sailor, and then you saw them perform, or how did you?
Casey: Oh yah, I saw them perform all right, but that's not how it all started.
Omar: That first show though ...
Casey: There was another local band, Body Thieves, they have a bassist, Walt, he ... Yah, he just got me introduced and stuff and from there it's just all history.
Brian: Nice. So he ... I love that man, holy smokes. You got linked up. That is cool. Now, what about, so you guys outside of this band thing then, are you ... What are the other hobbies? What other things keep you guys occupied? What's life like?
Casey: Oh God.
Omar: Other than working and working. I feel like we kind of have a double edge sword, right?
Brian: Oh, it's a day job thing?
Omar: Well yah, definitely, definitely. Just like most bands that get into this whole shebang, right?
Casey: [inaudible 00:06:52]
Omar: Exactly. I mean, at the end of the day we're going to be putting music first, but we definitely gotta have that day job to support that lovely, lovely music.
Brian: Got it. Alright.
Casey: You don't ...
Brian: So, aside from the day jobs then? You can't get away with that. Tell me the other stuff. Are you like Netflix binge watchers? Are you trading for [inaudible 00:07:09]? Are you yoga? What is it?
Omar: Oh yah. Here we go. Finally. I will, sometimes I get, you know, all Zen. No, no, no. I'm definitely a binge watcher, so for those that know me or don't, I'll always be the first one in the basement watching whatever's going on. So, definitely Game of Thrones. All day, last night I almost cried, so I won't put any teasers out there, right? But at the same time if I'm not doing that, I'm stuck in front of a computer playing Counter Strike.
Brian: Got- Counter Strike, alright.
Omar: Bringing it back!
Brian: Great guys. That's it.
Casey: Bringing it back.
Brian: Alright. Casey, what about you man?
Casey: I do a lot of traveling. Just got back from Europe about last month. So, I went out there for a month, but I do a lot of outdoor stuff. Backpacking, all that good fun stuff. Scuba diving, Skydiving.
Omar: Isn't he so dreamy?
Brian: I was going to say-
Casey: I do a little farming.
Brian: You're just always on these adventures then when you're not doing music then it sounds like.
Casey: Oh man. I'm also a student and that in itself is an adventure.
Brian: A student?
Brian: I see. It's a school thing. Oh, I dig it. I dig it.
Omar: It's a school thing.
Brian: It's a school thing. So, now, if there was, one of my favorite questions to ask on the show is if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?
Casey: Oh, I guess advice on what?
Brian: That parts up to you.
Casey: Oh, oh.
Brian: It's an open ended question on purpose. Just offer one piece of advice. What would it be?
Casey: Oh man. You want me? I got this Omar.
Omar: Ah, go ahead man.
Casey: I could run [inaudible 00:08:28]
Omar: Go right ahead.
Casey: Let's get it on. So, my piece of advice. You gotta pursue what makes you happy.
Brian: Oh man. Pursue what makes you happy.
Casey: No, no, no ...
Brian: Tell us more.
Casey: No, here's what you got. So, me. You know, I've done a lot of jobs in my lifetime. I was a firefighter. I was an EMT. I was a surgical technologist. I was a mortician. I've done a lot of jobs. I've done a lot of jobs.
Casey: So what I'm saying is that through these jobs, it was hard to figure out which one was making me actually happy, 'cause there's always the grass is always greener on the other side effect. So, right now I'm doing all this music stuff. Just got finished up being on Warped Tour for a week doing a lot of work, doing the whole music thing and I'm just thinking to myself "Dang. I can't wait to go back to school and just chill and do school". But I remember during the semester I was like " Wow, I can't wait 'till the summer when I can be on the road again ". So, there's really a grass is greener on the other side effect. But you know. I think once you finally see that, you finally start to be really happy with who you are and what you are when you start to notice what you're ... Those things you do habitually like the grass is greener on the other side. Like, it really. It hit me like that. Like, the journey has always been the best part. The unresolved is cool and all, but the journey really makes me happy. You know what? That's my advice.
Brian: So enjoy the journey.
Casey: Oh, absolutely.
Omar: All day.
Brian: That's cool.
Casey: 'Cause it ... You spend way more time on the journey, don't you think?
Brian: Often times yes.
Omar: Yah, more than often.
Brian: Yes, normally it does. What about you Omar? If you could offer one piece of advice ...
Omar: I mean, this might be like a 1.5, but I mean, I'll always say don't be scared about being ambitious. And, at the end of the day, even if you fail, just keep treading on.
Brian: Say more. Sounds like you have experience with that.
Omar: Oh man.
Brian: What does that mean?
Omar: Definitely. I mean, put it this way. I mean, not to dish out the mix tape, right? But, when it comes to this record, I mean a lot of the lyricism in it really had to about failures, right? About struggles, about not being scared to kind of put yourself out there because at the end of the day no one's, really, not everyone's going to like you, right?
Casey: It's true.
Omar: And, the sooner you realize that, the sooner you can get to what actually matters.
Brian: Yah. I got ya. Well, alright. And so now, one ... If folks want to find out more about you guys, where do the go?
Omar: Oh yah. So, let's start off with the I-Y-M official dot com so you can go there specifically for us. It has everything from events to calendars, to lovely, gorgeous photos. And ...
Casey: Gorgeous photos.
Omar: Right, media's on us.
Casey: Media's on us.
Omar: But of course we're on all the socials from Instagram to the Facebooks. And then you can follow every single one of us at I-Y-M underscore our names on Instagram or on Snapchat, and we're on that thing all day every day baby.
Brian: Snapchat. Alright. I like it. Okay, and your fave- So favorite social media. There's always- Bands seem to like one more than others. Is there one that you guys favor?
Casey: Social media?
Omar: I mean, I'm kind of the Snapchat guy.
Brian: Got it. Alright. So Omar can speak to Snapchat. But, you're also active on Facebook-
Omar: And on Twitter.
Brian: ... On Twitter and Instagram.
Omar: Instagrams, yah.
Brian: So, check 'em out wherever you go.
Casey: Yah, we try our best to be active everywhere to be honest. We just do.
Brian: That's cool.
Casey: But we're also a very in person band, so come be social with us.