YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Wilkes-Barre alternative rock band Inner Temple
Genre(s): Alternative rock, grunge, rock
Years active: 2014-present
Sounds like: The sound of Inner Temple envelopes you in a huge, thick wall of guitar tones with dark, fuzzy bass and pounding drums driving the emotionally charged lyrics forward. Like a hidden gem record from the ’90s grunge era given a modern alt-rock punch to the gut, these songs fill your swaying head with raw howling and raspy, melodic undertones that wistfully draw you in before blowing your heavy mind. It’s blatantly loud yet subtle in its catchiness, carving its own niche into the local music scene.
For fans of: Nirvana, Citizen, METZ, Alice in Chains, Balance and Composure, Basement, Melvins, CKY, Bush, Soundgarden, and Westpoint
Number of albums/EPs released: Two (two EPs, “Inner Temple” in 2014 and “Captivity” in 2016)
Latest release: “Captivity,” released Oct. 28, 2016
Fun fact: Mat Kerekes of emo rock band Citizen mastered the five songs on “Captivity.”
Online: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Bandcamp, SoundCloud, and YouTube
Dec. 9: Chameleon Club (223 N. Water St., Lancaster) with Daisyhead, WATERMEDOWN, Cousin, and Cedar Green, 6 p.m.
Dec. 10: Adriano’s Pizza (263 Floral Ave., Johnson City, NY) With GlowNovember, Molina, and Nameless Children, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 17: Winter Puffchella at Rumors (661 N. Centre St., Pottsville) with The Mega Yeah, The Heydays of Silence, For Ages, Dreadpool Parker/Taiyamo Denku, The Filthy Low Down, From Philly, and Overtone, 7 p.m.
Dec. 31: Par Glass House (740 Ridge Rd., Shickshinny) with bands TBA, 5 p.m.
Photo by Kristen Zarra Photography