The Inside Talks Releasing "Lost and Forgotten" Debut Album, Fiction, After 15 Years
If someone were ever to sit down and draw out the family tree of local Miami bands, there would be a disturbing amount of inbreeding. Almost every band shares each member with at least three other bands.
And just as one in two hundred men is a direct descendent of Genghis Khan, most Miami bands can trace their heritage back to a handful of bands that popped out of Hialeah in the mid '90s, one of which was The Inside.
Humbert, just one of many Miami bands that share some DNA with the Inside.
Currently, the Inside's impact can be traced back from bands like Rimsky, Plains, Humbert, Stop the Presses, Haochi Waves, recently defunct Radioboxer, and a progressively growing list of musicians the group has impacted. To put it in further perspective, the outfit's original studio space, back in 1999, is the current location of The Shack North recording and rehearsal studio.
Still, the Inside remains an obscure object of local cult fascination. In some part because of the foursome's flirtations with success, but also for its continued legacy among inner circle Hialeah musicians; particularly due to constant reappearances by guitarist Jorge Graupera Gonzalez in projects like The Brand, The Jorges, Guajiro, and Plains, and lead singer/guitarist Omar Garcia in The Brand.
The Brand, yet another Inside-related outfit.
The Inside was firmly settled into local music history, until earlier this year, when Juan Fernando Oña, drummer for Haochi Waves and former drummer for The Brand, was going through some old tapes and stumbled across an impressive musical find - the lost tapes of The Inside's unfinished full-length album, Fiction.
Oña contacted the remaining members of The Inside (unfortunately bassist Drago Strahija died in a plane crash in 2010), and began to put the tapes together to finally release the album, fifteen years after its initial recording.
This Saturday, August 24, new and old fans alike will finally be able to hear Fiction, as part of a listening party that will also feature progeny bands Haochi Waves, Humbert, and a special reunion performance of The Brand featuring Oña, Garcia, Gonzalez, and Leo Valencia at The Annex, AKA the Shack North.
We reached out to Jorge Graupera Gonzalez and Omar Garcia, and asked some questions about the Inside's musical legacy, the Miami music scene, and what could've happened if they'd never broken up.
Crossfade: What was your first reaction when Juan called and said that he had found the original recordings for Fiction?
Omar Garcia: I think my first reaction was confusion. These recordings were not just lost, but forgotten. Also, the tapes were poorly labeled and we didn't find out exactly what Juan had found for almost two weeks while he digitized the recordings. Once he identified the different tapes for the different sessions and had a clear idea of what he had found (and what would need to be rerecorded), the mood changed to excitement.
Jorge Graupera Gonzalez: I was really excited to hear some of this older stuff. It was recorded about 15 years ago and I was really curious to hear what the younger me sounded like and was doing so many years ago. It's like discovering an old photograph you had forgotten about and you see yourself as you were many years in the past. It's hard to deny the power of recorded documents when they are removed from the present by so many years.