This InMe article was written by Amit Mohan, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Natalie Whitehouse
The crowd starts to pile in at the Rainbow venue in Birmingham, to what ended up being a truly special night of celebration and nostalgia. Support act Dorje from the UK are welcomed to a warm reception, with their unique blend of guitar-riff laden alternative metal with melodic vocals and hooks, getting the crowd warmed up nicely. They get their biggest reaction when lead singer Rob asks the crowd “who’s ready for InMe?” Then it was time.
This was not just any ordinary InMe show. Having been around since the early 2000’s, InMe have now had their full circle moment, putting together a five date UK tour playing their debut album ‘Overgrown Eden’ and their sophomore album ‘White Butterfly’ in their entireties.
When they first hit the scene, InMe had relatively big success. Their debut album landed at no.15 in the UK charts when it was released in 2003 and ‘White Butterfly’ at 56 in 2005. They also had four singles break into the top 40 with songs from these albums. Since then, they have slowly moved out of the mainstream limelight, and now as an independent band they manage to maintain a core of dedicated fans by using unique interactive platforms such as Pledgemusic and Bandcamp.
InMe waste no time in getting the crowd started, opening with the classic riff of ‘Underdose’, a song which perfectly encapsulates the sound of the early 2000’s alternative era and their first ever single, this song was their introduction into this world and what started their now 12 year career. The energy in the venue is insane, everyone is there to witness and embrace this unique experience. They go straight into crowd favourite ‘Firefly’, which they break down midway and have the crowd singing back “it’s all over now, you’ve killed me’” to their fullest. It is evident from the beginning that everyone in this room knows every single word of every single song that is going to be played for the rest of the evening.
In between songs, Dave McPherson jokes “who knows what song is next?” even though they are playing the tracks in album order. They continue to play through the rest of ‘Overgrown Eden,’ with the pit starting to open up during ‘Lava Twilight,’ the song which initially got them signed to a label. It mellows out during ‘Her Mask’ with the crowd singing back “I could cry” louder than Dave.
After playing seven songs, Mr McPherson states “we are only just getting started” of what was to become an astonishing two hour show. When the guitar riff of ‘Crushed Like Fruit’ is played, the crowd cheer loudly, for another crowd favourite which goes down a treat. When playing ‘Trenches’ Dave tells the audience about how he wrote the song when he was 15. Now 32, it makes him feel insecure and vulnerable playing songs that he had written at a different stage in his life.
‘Neptune,’ another popular song from ‘Overgrown Eden,’ gets the crowd jumping, and Dave makes a joke about how this is Greg’s (bassist) favourite song, even though he has publicly stated that it is not. The crowd gets its biggest reaction so far with album ender ‘Mosaic,’ the heaviest and fastest song on the album which commands a circle pit. The crowd are well and truly warmed up now.
With all twelve tracks of ‘Overgrown Eden’ now played, InMe have a quick break before coming back to then play all twelve tracks from their second album ‘White Butterfly’. ‘7 weeks’ is the opener for this one, and similar to how ‘Underdose’ did at the beginning of their set, the opening riff gets the crowd moving from the get go.
They then play ‘So You Know,’ again getting the crowd to sing back the chorus over the music. ‘Otherside’ a track which has an ode to classic metal with finger tapping guitars, has everyone who likes to headbang moving. Then comes track five, their biggest hit in the whole of their back catalogue, ‘Faster The Chase’. As soon as it kicks in, everyone goes insane; singing back every single word with the uplifting chorus of “I feel alive, you are my ecstasy, it’s you that I’m craving.” Half way through the song, Dave parts the crowd in two halves, getting people to dance hand in hand with the mellow line “leave and take me with you’.” When the guitar kicks back in, the crowd come together in the pit in pure bliss.
They continue to play tracks in album order, making jokes in between songs and asking where the after party is and stating that this has been the best crowd on the tour. Title track ‘White Butterfly’ is a somber affair, showing InMe’s delicate side and displaying their diversity. Before playing ‘Safe In A Room’ Dave mentions how he wrote this song in 2004 about a friend who tried to take his own life. He stated that this friend failed in doing so, and that he is now a happy father. A touching story and scope into the meaning of the song, he then states that the song is just like tonight, he feels safe in a room.
‘Just A Glimpse’ is a heavier track, with a Muse-esque guitar riff; a true crowd mover. They end the night with album closer ‘Chamber,’ a beautifully put together song which towards the end has the whole crowd singing “why I am lying here with you” back louder than Dave.
They end the night stating to look out on their Facebook on September 30th for something special, and that they will be back next year. This news goes down with rapturous applause, and having just played for two hours, the crowd are still chanting for more.
This gig was truly a celebration for the fans who have been with InMe since the beginning and stuck with them during their twelve year career. It also proves that they are here to stay and will continue to play and create music for as long as the fans support them. They have gone of the radar in the eyes of the mainstream, but tonight proves that InMe are one of the UK’s unsung alternative heroes.