The members of Inertia, a rock band made up of freshmen from King Philip Regional High School, have big plans, a great deal of determination and plenty of support. For such a motivated group, their name hardly seems fitting. Inertia by definition is the resistance of any physical object to a change in its state of motion or rest, or the tendency of an object to resist any change in its motion. The band seems to be constantly evolving and they’re definitely in motion. There is nothing inert about them.
Nick Blitchington, Chris Boyden, Tucker Fleming, and Byrce Dort are hard at work writing and recording songs, rehearsing for gigs, and promoting the band. They've already performed in Boston at the Hard Rock Cafe, the Middle East in Cambridge, as well as in the area, including a rainy Thursday night performance at the opening day of last year's Cracker Barrel Fair. "We're trying to get a lot more gigs to get our name out there," says Blitchington who is the group's lead singer and rhythm guitarist. "We're pretty popular with the freshmen class, and we're starting to get known with the upper classes."
The band has been together in different forms since 2010, but the current lineup, the one that seems to be moving ahead, was established last year with the additions of Fleming on drums and Dort on bass. "August last year things started to pick up when we got Tucker," says Boyden who handles the lead guitar duties for the group. And they all agree that Dort’s bass gives the band energy.
Tucker has helped land the band gigs and also provides the group with a space to rehearse. The band gets together once a week, or more if there is a show coming up. The four musician will take over the Fleming’s house filling it with their unique rock sound. This is done with complete support of Fleming's parents. "[My parents] are use to loud noises," Fleming says. "I've been playing drums for five years now so to add guitars isn't really a big deal. They actually enjoyed it."
The four say they're influenced by a broad spectrum of bands such as Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Velvet Revolver, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kings of Leon and Foo Fighters just to name a few. Like any good band, they aspire to be more than just a copy of their musical inspiration, but rather the group is working hard to create their own sound. They describe themselves as a hard rock band looking to put their own spin on the genre.
Inertia spent a weekend this month recording original music for an EP entitled “King of Chance” scheduled for release on June 10th. Boyden is happy with the progress on their own material. "We have five solid originals," he says.
The group will continue to work on landing new shows and look to play in more battle of the bands. It's the live performances that they all feel make the band better. "Every time we get on stage we just improve," Tucker says, with all the boys agreeing.
The band has the support of the group’s parents. Blitchington’s and Fleming’s Fathers both help with promoting the group. The group is also working on developing a web site and has a growing following on Facebook, with nearly 150 fans.
In the short span of time they’ve been together, the group feels they’ve really improved and hope to keep that going through hard work. After that, who knows where it will lead them. “We've come a long way and have a long way to go,” Blitchington says.
To hear Inertia's music visit the band's Facebook page.