Billed as a pop/punk/rock/jam band, In Her Own Words have a sound all their own. Joey Fleming (vocals), Ian Berg (guitar), Eric Ruelas (bass), and Omar Sultani (drums) blend traditional punk music with an underlying classic rock beat. The Los Angles quartet is known for the fascinating blend of musical influences that creates a high energy, engaging live performance.
Don’t throw in the towel. Being from a musical family has been a constant source of unwavering support for Fleming, whose father still performs with the band he started years ago. Fleming looks forward to learning more about music as he continues in his career. He says, “There’s more that I don’t know, than I do know (about music), for sure. But, I would like to learn how to read music perfectly and sight read perfectly. My whole family can do it, besides me.” The best advice he heard, from a family filled with accomplished musicians, was to ‘never give up’. But giving up has never been an option for In Her Own Words. For Ruelas, also from a family steeped in musical abilities, the passion he finds in music is what keeps him moving forward. Sultani is attracted to the feeling of being right where he is supposed to be and sees music as a Zen-like enlightenment. Berg responds to the audience interactions, their energy drives him to perform at top levels each night. The reasons for a career in music may be different, but the commitment is the same for all of them.
Comparisons can help. While it may be human nature to compare one relationship with previous pairings, is it really helpful? Lyrics from the song, “Strangers” say, “And now I know you’ll be the one/Who I compare everyone else to/My heart is black and blue”. Sometimes, realizing what does not work can be the key to finding the right person. Instead of condemning yourself to repeating past mistakes, memories of what went wrong can lead you to avoid the pitfalls in the next relationship.
When the words won’t come. All four members of In Her Own Words contribute to the songwriting process and each person expressed the agony of writer’s block. Forcing an idea never works, and the band has discovered that it is best to stop at that moment. They have found that leaving it alone for a time can help. Fleming explains, “We have this thing we call the glove box, or the vault that we just throw ideas that we have complied over time and sometimes we revisit those ideas, and combine it with new ideas. It actually works out a lot better than we think it would.” Berg added, “Actually, our song, “Strangers” was a hybrid of two songs.” Even if the music or lyrics is incomplete when it is deposited in the vault, by looking at the work later, new concepts come to light as the songs are finished to perfection.
Run, don’t walk. From the first note, kids ran into the room, already clapping and singing before they cleared the doorway. It was apparent that this crowd was ready to party and In Her Own Words had as much fun as the audience. When they announced a new song, the audience sang every word that was already committed to memory. Fleming has a powerful, almost soulful delivery that makes the vocals emotional and compelling. The music winds around lyrics that anyone can relate to, with innovative guitar melodies, strong bass lines, and perfect timing on the drums. Currently unsigned, In Her Own Words have released two EP’s and one acoustic EP. This year they are looking forward to their very first full-length album and a busy touring schedule.