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Live Review: InMe, Rock City Basement (12/05/2015)

The sun is out and so are hundreds of fans for a triumphant return of a band with a cult following. Despite arriving at the venue an hour and a half before doors open, people are already sat on the steps of Rock City waiting for tonight’s show.

By the time doors are open there is a massive queue snaking its way down Talbot Street and all are excited for a big show. By the time Ashes walk onstage, the basement is roughly half full of people in black T-shirts holding Rock City’s special 2 Pint glasses. Oversized cups are inevitably problematic when members of the crowd try to clap along, but this doesn’t stop the melodic metal outfit from enforcing some audience participation. The crowd are relatively lively considering how early it is and they perk up a lot when lead singer: Jonny Meaney runs into the crowd and sings a few songs in audience members’ faces.

Over the Past 18 years InMe (originally known as Drowned) has amassed a cult following of serious fans, with high expectations of the band

The Dirty Youth came out to a packed Rock City Basement ready for some fun. They provide a nice set full of potential big rock hits and everyone thoroughly enjoys what they have to offer. A few diehard fans sing every word which the band seem to feed off of. They did their job well tonight, by the end of their set the crowd were warmed and ready for Headliners InMe. Over the Past 18 years InMe (originally known as Drowned) has amassed a cult following of serious fans, with high expectations of the band. As soon as they take to the stage the band storm through the opener of the new album, ‘Creation: Amethyst’. The roar that followed this song let everyone know that Rock City was in for a good night.

Managing to get over the inevitable heckling of rock n roll the guys storm through songs such as ‘Safe in a Room’, ‘Reverie Shores’ and ‘Lava Twilight’

Tonight’s career spanning set acts as both a celebration of the success of the new album: Trilogy: Dawn and as a reminder of the previous successes of InMe. One reminder the band might be less keen of, though, is of the B-Side to their debut single. A large number of the fans at the show continue request ‘Gelosea’ again and again, regardless of the fact that Dave McPherson has already explained during the show that they haven’t rehearsed it because they had 90 other songs to choose from for an hour and a half set. As is traditional at gigs, the fans continue to shout for it, causing clear frustration for both the band and other fans alike. Managing to get over the inevitable heckling of rock n roll the guys storm through songs such as ‘Safe in a Room’, ‘Reverie Shores’ and ‘Lava Twilight’. Eventually InMe announce that it is time for them to leave, but that they have two songs left to play for tonight. Before they begin their hit ‘Faster the Chase’ they explain that they want the crowd to split in half at the bridge and instead of doing their usual wall of death as the song kicks back in, they want the fans to grab a partner and do a ballroom dance of death. This turns Rock City Basement in the scene of indescribable drunken chaos, but provides a real feel good moment for the show. The band close up with ‘Chamber’ and walk off stage to a roaring ovation. Tonight was a complete success for all involved.

Liam Fleming

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