If you’re 22 or younger, InMe formed before you were even born. As a band that have gone from local Brentwood teenagers to a staple name of the UK scene, how important is it to pay it forward for the next wave of bands? And how do we support our local scenes? Frontman Dave McPherson fills us in.
Formed in Essex in 1996 by a group of 14-year-old friends and originally named Drowned, by 2001, the band were signed with Music for Nations – a Sony imprint, and had changed their name to InMe. Their debut album, Overgrown Eden, was released in 2003 and reached no 15 in the UK Albums Chart, and commandeered the No 1 spot in the UK Rock Albums Chart – a brand of success largely unheard of for UK rock bands almost two decades later.
Growing from hometown heroes to a staple band of the UK scene, in 2020, InMe are on the cusp of their seventh studio album and ready to do as they’ve always done – bring big rock tunes to life on a stage.
The album release tour will be hitting nine towns and cities, and as a band that have been touring for over two decades, InMe are well-acclimated to life on the road. Are there any personal favourite places to play? “Not to come across overly diplomatic but all of them for many different reasons to be honest! It’s nice to be playing places we haven’t visited in ages, and after so many years of touring, I have different friends in every single town/city we’re rocking!” Dave says.
“To name a few: for personal reasons, London as it’s the home show (kinda), Chester as it’s so beautiful, Southampton for the vibe and the coast, and Bridgwater for family and friends. I could go on, but then I’d just describe the whole tour! It’ll be super fun in so many ways.”
As fun and vital as it is for bands to tour the UK, it’s often forgotten that each of these towns and cities beholds a whole music scene of local bands, often laying in wait for the point at which they can too leave their hometown and tour.
InMe’s full UK run starts later this month – a day after the release of Jumpstart Hope, and they’ll be joined by rowdy noise-making duo Haggard Cat, as well as a different local support on each date.
An idea often overlooked, offering up support slots to local bands on their local dates is a vital way of ensuring a healthy growth within local scenes. It’s something that not enough bands do, and while LA-born supergroup Fever 333 have vowed to never have a support band at all, Brentwood natives InMe seem to have grasped the concept of supporting a local scene, and how important it all is to the bigger picture.
With streaming services becoming the norm and the days of buying music long-forgotten, it’s becoming increasingly easy for unheard of bands to find their way into the ears of potential fans by way of Spotify playlists and the shareable nature of streamed music. But it’s also becoming increasingly difficult to make money.
So how can fans in this day and age support their local music scene? “By attending shows and enjoying the fruits of live music!” Dave says. “And to not demand guestlist for you and all your friends. Buy a ticket! Buy a t-shirt or a CD. If you can, of course. Watch all the bands on a lineup, not just your friend’s band. Stick it out.”
So, the principles seem to have remained the same as they’ve always been. Go to live shows. Grab a tee. But then, of course, aggressively stream the hell out of the band’s album after.
Aside from extensive touring, to be seven albums deep into your career and under-40 is quite a career feat. The band aren’t short on moments of writing genius and chart success, and while being obviously very proud of forthcoming album Jumpstart Hope, I wondered what other points of their career Dave considers a high point – album wise. “Daydream Anonymous has really stood the test of time for me. Followed closely by The Pride. A lot of love went into those albums.”
But if you happen to have missed out on InMe’s career thus far, you’re definitely not too late. Jumpstart Hope drops on January 17th, and if you’re not sure where to start, Dave recommends you listen to ‘Blood Orange Lake’ first because it’s “a nice all-rounder, I reckon. My personal favourite track on the album. It’s got melody, heaviness, emotion, and ticks all the boxes for me.”
23 years in and showing no signs of slowing down, InMe are better than they’ve ever been. 2020 is sure to be one for the books – make sure you’re part of it.
Jumpstart Hope is out on January 17th, pre-order it here. Catch InMe live – while supporting your local scene – on one of the following dates: