Friday, 13th September 2019
Review by Kira Levine
Photography by Natalie Cherry Lloyd-Shaw
Kicking things off are support band Oxygen Thief, who sound like a cross between folk and punk rock. About thirty or so people are present when they start playing. They open their set with a song with quite a down-tempo intro, which then explodes into an energetic track with the introduction of shattering drums and guitar riffs.
Front-man Barry Dolan introduces ‘Graffiti; Irony; Lists’ by saying “This song is about racism and how they can fuck off into the sea!” The political theme of this track lends itself well to their punk sound. This three-piece are based in Bristol and their lyrics often centre around the city’s chequered historical past, “and noise of this modern, post-Brexit, post-Trump world.”
Having only played 20 minutes, the opening act have made a good impression with what turned out to be a high-energy performance and have set the bar for the rest of the show.
Up next are LeBrock, a new retro wave music duo from Peterborough. Members Michael Meadows and Shaun Phillips are dressed in bomber jackets and stand in front of LCD light displays on stage, which add to their 80s aesthetic.
LeBrock (well, Shaun) is a lot chattier than the previous band which caused the audience to be more engaged with the performance, which is always nice to see and hear.
‘Dangerous Dreams’ is LeBrock’s first tune of the night. Their music has futuristic feel, reminiscent of films such as Blade Runner and Total Recall, and shows like Knight Rider and Miami Vice.
‘Please Don’t Cry’ is a very triumphant, uplifting number with larger-than-life vocals to match. It easily gained the most positive response from us onlookers.
‘One Night’ – the ballad of the set – is dedicated to the vocalist’s wife (he mentions that him announcing this will save him a lot of hassle!).
The outro to ‘Call Me’, LeBrock’s last song, contains a fantastic solo from Michael which wows the crowd, judging from the overwhelming applause they received as they closed their set.
LeBrock leaves us with a sense of nostalgia… even for those who were not around 30-odd years ago, as the eighties can also be experienced through media such as music and movies. Impressive energy and charisma coming from a band only comprising of a vocalist and one guitarist/keyboardist.
The most anticipated part of the show is now upon us. By now, the venue looks as if it is reaching its capacity as the alternative metal band get ready to perform. InMe‘s intro music plays as each member of the headlining band walks on stage, each welcomed with a unified roar of approval from the audience.
They crack straight on with ‘Blood Orange Lake’ and their many dedicated fans sing along enthusiastically to their latest single, even though the track has only been out a couple of weeks. It is a truly beautiful song live, arguably the best release from ‘Jumpstart Hope’ so far. Definitely the heaviest release from the new album. We are all very lucky to be one of the first to hear it in concert.
An oldie but goodie follows… InMe’s first ever single ‘Underdose’ starts and everyone cheers in approval.
‘Single of the Weak’ has virtually everyone screaming the chorus, mostly to the line “What’s that shit on the radio?!”. Dave McPherson picks up on this and occasionally points his mic to the audience.
Straight after ‘Pantheon’ is played it is announced that half of Jumpstart Hope – due for full release in January – is available from the merch desk, for tonight only. This is a display of InMe’s appreciation for their fans who really are eager to hear more of the upcoming album.
After asking Alexa to play ‘The Next Song,’ and it being played, Dave introduces the band one by one, explaining that only he and his brother – guitarist Greg McPherson – are from Essex, referring to rhythm guitarist John O’Keeffe as “scouse”, not quite knowing where Gazz Marlow hails from… but “they found crystallised DNA on Mars”, and drummer Tom Dalton is apparently from “planet Richard Branson”.
InMe experienced slight technical difficulties, but no one seemed to be fazed by this, as Dave made light of the situation with quips such as “This next song is called Sound Check” and “Who’s having a baby?!” which were answered with cheers and hysterical laughter.
We also had the pleasure of hearing the ‘The Leopard’, an unreleased number from Jumpstart Hope.
During ‘Rogue Waves,’ a brand new catchy song from the upcoming album, Dave gets down from the stage to sing among the crowd. This gets many people clapping and whistling in appreciation.
After ‘Faster The Chase,’ and being instructed to “do a ballroom dance of death,” some people could be heard begging for an encore, chanting “One more song! One more song!”, clearly still excited after a ninety-minute set from the quintet.
We were treated with sixteen songs from InMe…which is spoiling us, really! A great mix of new and classic songs and a lot of band interaction which surely left the majority who attended the show more than satisfied.
Oxygen Thief 19.10 – 19.30
LeBrock 19.45 – 20.10
InMe 20.30 – 22.00
- ‘Blood Orange Lake’
- ‘Single of the Weak’
- ‘I Won’t Let Go’
- ‘The Next Song’
- ‘Escape to Mysteriopa’
- ‘Angels With Snipers’
- ‘The Leopard’
- ‘7 Weeks’
- ‘Cracking The Whip’
- ‘Rogue Waves’
- ‘Her Mask’
- ‘For Something To Happen’
- ‘Faster The Chase’