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Femme metal band set to rock prestigious festival
A FEMME metal band is set to rock a prestigious festival next year which could catapult them into rock’s big leagues.
High Wycombe-based band Incarna have been booked to perform at The Dames of Darkness Festival, which is only open to bands with female lead singers, at The Robin 2 venue in Birmingham in May.
Not only will the five-piece be performing their biggest ever gig alongside some of the top femme metal bands on the circuit, but Rik Cunningham believes it could be the beginning of a bright future.
The guitarist and band co-founder said: "It’s great and really nice to have your work recognised.
"This gig is the break, this is what we needed. We don’t need a record executive to tell us we’re good, we know we’re good, we just need to perform and hopefully that will result in national and European tours.
"I think 2013 will see us performing at major festivals, but our goal is just to be the best we can be, work hard and keep improving."
The project began in 2009 when singer Emily Jane answered an advert placed by Rik for a vocalist. They jammed together and immediately clicked, forming EmoTive.
They got to work writing songs and, after establishing themselves on the south Bucks music scene, they decided to make the leap to a full band.
A few line-up alterations, a name change and a couple of years of gigging and Incarna is ready to write its next chapter - but the band will ink it with the help of social media and good, old-fashioned word of mouth, rather than label-funded mega-bucks marketing campaigns.
Rik said: "We fall into the category of heavy metal but that, like many other genres, is such a broad church from Led Zeppelin to Slayer.
"We’re very powerful and melodic but with big guitar solos, and our audience is very broad, ranging from guys showing up straight from the office in their shirt and tie, to housewives to metal-heads.
"I have been around the block and the recording companies do not interest me at this time - it would be great for someone to say ‘here is £5m, go and record an album etc’ but it doesn’t work like that.
"A lot of people fund themselves; you have to run your band as a business and that’s what we do."
Incarna will be performing at pubs and venues around the area in the new year in preparation for The Dames of Darkness Festival.
Visit www.incarnaofficial.com, like the band’s page on Facebook via www.facebook.com/IncarnaOfficial or follow @IncarnaOfficial on Twitter for all the latest news and appreances.
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