Few bands work themselves to death without a goal of making it. It Lies Within is doing their best to hit the big leagues.

According to their Facebook page, It Lies Within is currently Zachary Scott (Vocals), Matthew Groshart (Guitar), Kyle Dameron (Guitar), Erik McKay (Bass), and Kamron Mead (Drums). These Flint, MI workaholics are no rookies to the Dirt Fest stage. Zachary took some time to talk to us about the band. Leaving band mates behind, the need for good hydration, and new album coming are all juicy tidbits to gobble up. And we need to work on Zumba sponsoring the guys’ next tour, just saying. Enjoy the interview below.

NRR: You guys were at the 2014 version of Dirt Fest on the main stage and you are playing again this year. What’s been going on with the band in the last year?
Zachary Scott: It Lies Within is on the road constantly. We’ve been touring a ton with everyone only getting bigger and better. Our long awaited new album will be released this fall as it’s been pushed back again due to member changes and label distro transitions. It’s worth the wait we promise!
NRR: Hopefully you guys have a great time on stage this year. Are you looking forward to anything in particular at Dirt Fest 2015?
Zachary Scott: Dirt Fest is one of our favorite shows of the year. Just like last year, we will be ending our tour at the festival. As always there are so many great bands to see. We look forward to coming home to our hometown fans and performing with some amazing acts.
NRR: What’s been the craziest thing to happen to the band at a show or going from one show to another so far this year?
Zachary Scott: Traveling is always an adventure. We seriously joke and laugh together constantly. The craziest thing this year was that Matt (Guitarist) accidentally drove off in Wyoming with everyone in the van except for Kyle (Guitarist). 20 minutes later, where’s Kyle? It was interesting to say the least, (laughing).
NRR: Some guys have crazy pre set rituals. Is there anything that happens to get you ready before a show that is a bit interesting?
Zachary Scott: We don’t really have any crazy rituals. We individually stretch a ton, put on the uniforms and do our vocal warm ups. Before we hit the stage we huddle and get psyched!
NRR: What’s the most fun or exhilarating thing that can happen on stage?
Zachary Scott: Watching the crowd reactions is the best. We are very interactive with our audience so it’s awesome to see them participate in the show as well.
NRR: What can we expect for It Lies Within in the next few months once the behemoth of Dirt Fest is dormant for another year?
Zachary Scott: Brand new album finally. It’s been a long time coming. Finally we have our dream team and the new touches to the album are beyond insane. We can’t wait to release this monster! Release date will be announced very soon.
NRR: I might know someone to review that bad boy, just saying. Is there a band or bands on this year’s Dirt Fest line-up that you are looking forward to seeing as fans?
Zachary Scott: Upon a burning body, Periphery, Mushroomhead, Taproot.


Sharp Tongue – It Lies Within

NRR: How important is selling merch for a band at a festival like this?
Zachary Scott: Merch is key to a band’s success these days. Sadly enough, bands don’t get paid for what they’re worth anymore these days due to over saturation in the market. It’s cool that everyone and their brother want to be in a band but when a million bands offer to play for FREE, it dramatically hurts the scene. Merch allows bands to sell a product to survive on the road.
NRR: For anyone that might not have heard your music before, what kind of stage presence or show can they expect to see from you guys on stage?
Zachary Scott: You’ll just have to come see for yourself! We don’t leave the stage without pouring sweat that’s for sure. Some like to say we are Zumba-core, (laughing).
NRR: Well played, I’ll bring the plastic just in case then, (laughing). On the drive up to Birch Run, who gets to control the radio and what would do the most torture to listen to it on the way over?
Zachary Scott: Whoever is driving at the time gets control of the radio. We take three hour shifts which works out great. I won’t say names but one member specially likes to play the same thing over and over. We deal with it outta love.

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After getting the photo bug in the far, past days of black and white film, Erich continued to develop his eye for photography which lead to stops in the sporting, art, wedding, and eventually concert music worlds. Now, doing more writing for National Rock Review, he has entered into the journey of getting to know the artists and the industry, not just the faces on the other side of the lens.

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