This InMe article was written by Jack Press, a GIGsoup contributor
Close your eyes. Imagine that you’ve just seen your new single on MTV. Your album is everywhere. You’re on the brink of stardom – one step from standing at the very top of the mountain as the king of alternative metal. Now, open your eyes and remember that those memories are ten long years ago and you’re not quite the king of the mountain, nor are your singles gracing the screens of teenagers everywhere.
Whilst Essex Quartet InMe have become respected legends within their scene for their adept ability to create crushing yet utterly beautiful soundscapes that echo through your mind like your voice does a cave – tonight is all about nostalgia, a history lesson to end all history lessons.
The Rainbow Warehouse is darkly lit tonight, as if to mirror the compelling darkness that encompasses the first half of tonight’s two-hour tour de force through InMe’s debut and sophomore records ‘Overgrown Eden’ and ‘White Butterfly.’
Arriving on a stage that is lit like an exorcism, frontman Dave McPherson shoots his first of many wisecracks tonight – “Woah, who let Cheech & Chong in the building – get rid of that smoke, I like to see my friends”. Banter between the band is by and large one of their trademarks – it always makes the gig that little bit more special.
Playing the albums from start-to-finish, front-to-back is a compelling if not complexing experience as they open with ‘Underdose,’ which is arguably their biggest hit, to a ferocious roar of applause from a crowd hungry for the rarities on display tonight.
Whilst the first half of ‘Overgrown Eden’ is littered with a series of songs that can be found in a variety of InMe setlists such as the sing-along friendly ‘Firefly’ and the brilliantly written ‘Lava Twilight,’ it’s the airing of rarities such as ‘Energy,’ ‘Trenches,’ and ‘Neptune’ that make this so much more than one of their many, many tours around our fair isles.
‘Overgrown Eden’ was released twelve years ago, and most of the songs were written fifteen, some even twenty years ago and yet tonight they sound as if they were recorded only a manner of months ago. This is a joy to behold for an album standing the test of time in 2015, which is almost utterly unheard of.
The crowd is a strange one tonight, as if everyone is locked in to InMe’s transmission singing every single word back as if its karaoke rather than a gig, yet the emotional prowess the songs pack fail to see crowd pack a punch – until they play ‘Overgrown Eden’ closer ‘Mosaic’ that is. A pulse-inducing mosh-pit is a fitting end to the first half.
Gracing the stage once more, InMe break into ‘White Butterfly’ opener ‘7 Weeks,’ and it’s abundantly clear that the majority of this crowd are here to hear this record as they scream their hearts out word for word, chord for chord, and hell, even every drum beat – even the mosh-pits become a frequent thing during this set.
‘So You Know’ and ‘This Town’ receive sing-alongs so harmonically in touch that a church choir would be envious whilst ‘Otherside’ and ‘Just A Glimpse’ sound as emotionally grounded and hard-hitting as they were back in 2005.
Single and fan-favourite ‘Faster The Chase’ is the go-to InMe song for almost every gig they’ve ever played and it still sounds as ferocious, and as fiery, and as fantastic as it has the many, many times before, especially when they launch the ‘Ballroom Wall of Death.’ Imagine a dozen strangers dancing ballroom style in the middle of a pit before exploding into a messy concoction of dancers, jumpers, moshers, and sweat – its genius, right?
The highlight of this album is perhaps the emotionally infused ‘Safe In A Room’ which Dave explains is a song he wrote “for my friend who tried to commit suicide and failed miserably – I played him this trying to pretend that it wasn’t about him and by the end of it we were crying our eyes out.” Live, this is as emotional as it is on record, and it moves everyone in the room in some shape or form.
Leaving the Warehouse tonight, you feel as if you’ve been touched by this performance, as if these two albums have taken you on a journey of discovery and self-reflection through a thoroughly enjoyable and inordinately indulging play with nostalgia.
Whether InMe are at the top of the mountain or the bottom of the rock – they’ll always be the legends of the land.