We don't need to tell you that Ignescent is a fierce, ferocious live band. You'll know it within seconds of pressing play on "Remnant," their most recent single. Only a group that has been tightened, tempered, and tested by countless shows could achieve such sonic cohesion.
Ignescent consists of four musicians — guitarist Ty Moreland, bassist Ian Sebastian, drummer Joshua Garcia, and powerhouse vocalist Jennifer Benson — but they're a single irresistible force when they plug in and roar. The words, the beats, the pummeling riffs, the propulsive grooves, the rawness, the attitude, and the surprisingly catchy melodic phrases are all expressions of a unified musical vision.
Coming off of the band's forthcoming EP, 'Ascension,' we get to focus our attention on the lead single and anthem, "Remnant." Being candid with the messaging they place into a track of this caliber, the sonic symmetry that is propelled into this record has us unraveling the perseverance and reinvention after misfortune in this theatrical element of the track.
Performing with Moxy and a point to prove, we're fully absorbed in the bolstered energy that comes spiraling from "Remnant," both sonically and visually. Pairing this boisterous, all-time-high with eye-catching visuals ups the ante for Ignescent as they all perform with clarity and conviction. Lead singer Jennifer Benson sings about her battered but unbreakable spirit as the remainder of the group backs her up with a soundscape representing tremendous tensile strength.
Inspiring their audience in a way that has those tuning in rejoicing in the feeling of resilience and determination, Ignescent also pairs this piece with a music video sure to entice your mind with illusions. Capturing the performance Ignescent puts on in a swarm of dimly lit scenes, we're pulled into the theatrics with a smile on our faces and a pep in our step.
Welcome to BuzzMusic, Ignescent. We're hooked on your latest single, "Remnant." Being the lead single from your forthcoming EP, what inspired you to give your audience a glimpse of what's to come with this single?
After all of us going through this pandemic and seeing what my family went through and what Ian went through working with Covid patients I wanted to come out with a song of hope. Remnant is a small remaining quantity of something. Especially after a tragedy. With so much tragedy around us, we wanted to come out and say we will keep going and not quit. This is not the end. We will keep fighting. And we wanted to say that with a song that you can rock out to or get pumped up at the gym listening to.
What does this record say about you as a band? What do you hope your audience can take away from it?
It says that we will endure no matter what. We will come out stronger in the end.
Could you please take us into what it was like to film the music video for "Remnant?"
Joseph Davis Castleberry of Lumin8Productions filmed it. We had a blast. One scene was shot on the top of a building, and the roof was really soft. I had heels on and had to be careful that my heels wouldn't puncture the roof while I was dancing and headbanging. That was tough lol.
What is your mission statement as a band?
Our mission statement is to ignite people's hearts on fire with love and hope with our music.
What's next for you?
We are releasing a new EP on March 4 and have a show that day at The Town in Aurora, Illinois. Sameer Bhattacharya of Flyleaf will be playing with us on guitar that night. We have a show in Sturtevant, WI on Route 20 on March 5. We are hoping to tour this spring.