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Harrisburg metalcore band If Not For Me headlines matinee rock show in Scranton on Nov. 12

Harrisburg metalcore band If Not For Me headlines matinee rock show in Scranton on Nov. 12
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From a press release:

Hailing from Harrisburg, If Not For Me is a four-piece metalcore outfit known for their introspective lyrics, captivating sound, and emotionally charged performances. With their ability to seamlessly blend powerful melodies and profound storytelling through an authentic approach, they aim to connect deeply with listeners, exploring themes of self-discovery, resilience, and the human experience that have resonated with hard rock fans and metalheads across the state and throughout the world.

Composed of veterans ranging from all over the Central Pennsylvania music scene and signed to InVogue Records (Hawthorne Heights, Boys of Fall, Being as an Ocean, Dayseeker, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!), the band delivers their own brand of catchy choruses, driving riffs, and hard-hitting breakdowns with an explosive live performance to match, one that is coming to Northeastern Pennsylvania this weekend.

Coming back from shows in Virginia and Delaware, INFM will headline an early “matinee” rock concert at The V-Spot (906 Providence Rd., Scranton) on Sunday, Nov. 12 with Wilkes-Barre pop punk group Stay Loud, Scranton alternative metal band Variant Season, and Wilkes-Barre rock trio So Much Hope, Buried. Doors open at 3 p.m., and the music goes from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.

If Not For Me recently released their latest explosive single, “Blameless,” on Sept. 29, their third since joining InVogue Records.

Following up the well-received tracks “Feel Me Now” and “Demons,” the quartet – Patrick “Patty” Glover (vocals), Hayden Calhoun (guitar), Zac Allen (bass), and Cody Frain (drums) – comes in fierce with “Blameless.” Screams erupt while navigating accountability within the lyrics, highlighting their ability to create furious sounds while melding smooth melodies within the clean vocals of the chorus. The song has been hitting home with fans and new listeners alike, drawing them in and keeping them invested in more from these up-and-comers.

“I wrote ‘Blameless’ about the people in our lives that refuse to take accountability for their actions, whether it’s friends, family, romantic partners, or even ourselves from time to time. This lack of self-reflection and unwillingness to take a look in the mirror causes serious strain on our interpersonal relationships. ‘Blameless’ is written specifically in context of a relationship where one partner is subjected to dealing with the fallout of this behavior and pushed beyond their breaking point,” Glover explained.

INFM has shown significant growth with their debut full-length album, “Eulogy,” which reached No. 53 on the Top Current Hard Rock Albums chart, No. 70 on the Top New Artist Albums chart, and No. 173 on the Top Current Independent Albums chart on Billboard in its first week. Determined to push the boundaries of their sound, If Not For Me teamed up with producers Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland of the legendary Atrium Audio (August Burns Red, Erra, Polaris, From Ashes To New, Like Moths To Flames) in Lititz to produce the 2022 record, which took their dynamic mix of aggressive vocal cadences, huge catchy choruses, massive breakdowns, and technical face-melting riffs to an entirely new level.

“Eulogy” received widespread praise for its tight musicianship, emotive lyrics, and unrelenting energy, showcasing a new level of maturity in the band’s songwriting while still retaining the fierce, unbridled passion that had endeared them to fans since their early releases in 2018 and 2019.

After sharing stages with national acts like Killswitch Engage, Currents, August Burns Red, Ice Nine Kills, Attack Attack!, and Palisades, If Not For Me will tour with Softspoken from Nov. 16-19 and Monument Memory from Nov. 30-Dec. 3.