By Matthew Saunders
Cal Poly Pomona is well known for its diversity of skill and knowledge. Each student can bring something unique and exciting to the table. Senior fine arts student Sam Mountain and alumnus Chris Anderson (’12, music) are definitely not an exception.
Anderson, Mountain and their friend Javier Caudillo make up the band In Urgency.
In Urgency combines the aggressive elements of post-hardcore and mixes it with alternative rock to make a unique sound that defines the band.
In Urgency deserves your listen because they are passionate for their craft. The band began as the aftermath of a former band, The Hallowed. Caudillo took the role of the drummer for The Hallowed and met Mountain through this band. There were multiple disputes between band members. Both Caudillo and Mountain thought it would be best to leave this hostile environment and start anew.
Mountain recruited Anderson to help aid them in this new endeavor. Thus, In Urgency was born.
In Urgency aims to please fans of the metal community by offering listeners a refreshing new sound that mixes the best elements of hardcore and rock.
“We feel the future of the metal community will lead to a more mainstream sound,” said Anderson, the band’s guitarist. “I feel all of the popular metal bands will orientate their sound to a more radio-friendly tone in the future. We want to take this concept and make it our own.”
“What we are trying to convey to our fan base is to chase after their dreams,” said Caudillo. “In Urgency may be ironic applied to our personal lives, but we really want our fans to chase their dreams with haste. If you have a burning desire, you should go out and do everything possible to make that dream into a reality someday.”
In Urgency has a strong work ethic dedicated to accomplishing goals. The band recently put out a music video for their debut single, “Stitches.” Although the video is a little over three minutes long, a lot of dedication, sacrifice and money went into producing it.
“I was very happy with the crew we worked with,” said Anderson. “[Director Arran Alps] is someone I grew up with and is doing big things with mainstream artist such as Pharrell. We paid a fraction of the cost he normally charges and the video came out amazing.”
Mountain says that the band is fortunate that it has a schedule that allows for consistent practice.
“We dedicate a time each week solely for the band so we can get things done,” says Mountain.
The band is set to release a new single titled “As Far As We Come” on Thursday. In addition, In Urgency plans to record a couple more tracks before looking into distribution deals.
In Urgency is a collaborative effort between three friends that want to see their dreams come to life. If you are looking for an aggressive rock group with more punch and bite to their sound, then In Urgency is for you.
Don’t sleep on this group of talented musicians “the band has great things in store for its future.
Courtesy Nikola Simikic
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