The InCiders (a.k.a "The I to tha C"), are a hardcore punk/metal band, based in Bournemouth, UK. The band formed in 2003 and are well known locally for their lively stage shows (referred to as 'parties'), catchy punk rock rants and drunken party mascot, "Ciderman".
Although still relatively unknown on the national punk scene they have a strong local following and a hard-working reputation.
The band mixes fast punk chords, metal riffs and political lyrics, often centered on the theme of war. The band have however admitted trying to digress from war and self-confessed "pseudo-politics", preferring now discuss themes closer to the bands heart, such as the Vulcan Bomber, drinking to excess, Godzilla, their favourite comic book TV character Frank Gorshin and 'scene elitism', which they claim nearly caused the demise of the local scene and subsequently the band itself.
The band claim to take inspiration from an array of musical styles. More apparent influences include the likes of Sick Of It All, Good Riddance, Anti-Flag, Death By Stereo, Municipal Waste and F-Minus.
Early Years (2003 - 2006):
The InCiders on stage at Endorse It In Dorset 2004 (left to right: Kevin Goodwin, Matt Fox, Nick Spencer, Alf Young).From 2003 - 2006, the band were frequently seen smashing up smaller venues on the south coast of England, with the occasional adventure in other UK cities, including Wolverhampton in 2003.
Since the band's inception they have shared stages with US Bombs, Ignite, The Business, Five Knuckle and Crack Rocky Steady Seven (members of Leftover Crack).
Remembered during the era for their drunken stage antics, some members of the band occasionally found the balance of consuming a sufficient level of alcohol to fuel their show and not over-indulging, so as to not to adversely affect their performance, a challenge. In a couple of instances, this resulted in their sound being cut mid-set, seemingly to their amusement.
In 2003 and 2004, the band put on their own events under the name 'Fernstock' to sell-out crowds of 250+. Festival appearances include ‘Jamfest’ ('03, '05, '06) and the first Endorse It In Dorset festival in 2004.
Split (2006 - 2010):
Despite being ready to record their first full-length album, the band stopped playing together in 2006. The reason for the split was never officially confirmed, however it was likely the outcome of the closure of many small south coastal music venues (including Bournemouth's infamous "Mr Smith's"), together with the troubles of an ever-changing drumming line-up.
Reformation (2010 - Present):
The band reformed in early 2010 with new drum machine and friend, Chris Mackonochie ("None The Wiser", "Henry's Phonograph") and a reborn enthusiasm. The band showcased their comeback gig on 05 June 2010 in their hometown Bournemouth to a packed venue of swinging fists, reminiscent of the ugly brutality of an underground U.S. west coast hardcore show circa 1981.
The band have now finished recording their latest EP (to be playfully entitled "MegaKill v.2 Turbo!") under the guidance of legendary mix-man Graham ('Gray') Donnelly, which is due for independent release in April 2011. The release has however been slightly hindered by the unwelcome distraction of an arduous ongoing legal war with a group of kids from north UK who have tried to plagiarise the band's well-established name. On the subject of their long-anticipated release, guitarist Alf Young (self named "The Dudester") was recently quoted as saying, "It's gunna be so brutal you'll be bleeding from the eyes!" Let's hope he's right.
Matt Fox: Vocals
Kevin Goodwin: Guitar
Alf Young: Guitar
Nick Spencer: Bass
Chris Mackonochie: Drums
Luke Arnold: Drums
Mike Osment: Drums (Life in Film)
Matt Dixon: Drums (Chaos Bomb)
John Townes: Drums
"The Demo EP" (2003) [EP]
"Operation: Mayhem!" (2004) [EP]
"MegaKill v.2 Turbo!" (2011) [EP]