‘A brutal analysis of a broken mind’
Mark McConville
15:04 14th January 2020

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Basking in the tunnel of love is a dream many crave. Abolishing troubling thoughts is a mission of intent, of strength. Taking chances means taking risks, withstanding the storm of pain and despair is commendable. English act InMe have been around for a considerable amount of time and have seen and felt the rush of agony. Throughout their tenure, the outfit haven’t skimped on creating masterful songs which resonate and brush against the grain. They’re an underground band that has been in the spotlight, they’ve experienced an industry which can be vindictive and bloated. Nowadays humble settings are respected, little bars and venues play a part in this band’s makeup. And you know what, this attitude is admirable. 

Turning heads takes talent and InMe are graced with immense musicians. Leading man, Dave McPherson is a songwriter of magnitude, caressing the paper notes with sentences many lyricists can’t provide. He’s an enigma, an innovator who has been the frontman of InMe since the start. Knowing how to play and write original tracks deserves acknowledgement from the big hitters, but InMe don’t cry out for recognition, they embark on designing, providing us subtlety and abrasiveness in equal measure. 

New record Jumpstart Hope is a brutal analysis of a broken mind. McPherson often bellows and orchestrates, turning the gears and screaming for solace. Solace isn’t represented much on Jumpstart Hope nor do we hear joyous serenity. McPherson plants his evocative lyrics, he lets us into his world, one that derails and shudders. At points, the man empties his soul and drags out his grievances. They’re bold and coherent. 

Musically, Jumpstart Hope balances raucous guitar lines with bashful vocals. InMe are great at blending melody with aggressive vocal work and intricate harmony. When it works it works, when the lyrics are immersed, they form a glow. In hindsight, the album overthrows anything InMe has done prior. Yes, debut album Overgrown Eden was a masterclass in youthfulness and raw power, but Jumpstart Hope is tight and audacious. 

Jumpstart Hope offers ten songs. All of them, stark and eventful. ‘Blood Orange Lake’ is a startling track. It blends fundamental instrumentals with hard-boiled lyricism and well-toned vocals from McPherson. He sings about fiery waters and smashed dreams. A ghost resides in this fable. ‘I Swear’ is an infectious, piercing, guitar driven treat. A monster lies within. McPherson screams and shouts, implementing emotion. ‘The Leopard’ enforces poignancy. It’s a sad assessment of a downtrodden life. The soft instrumentals merge perfectly together with those despairing vocals. ‘Shame’’s breakneck chorus adds substance. It hits hard in dashes until it cools. It’s not a one dimensional track, but a multi-layered swansong. 

InMe are hurting. There’s no doubting their struggles. But, Jumpstart Hope is their best work, and that should relight the blaze of fight. 

Jumpstart Hope is released on 17 January 2020 via Killing Moon. 

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