Masters of Change
InMe have come a long way since the first time I saw them live. There were people waiting for hours outside the concert to secure a space in the front row. However, now playing the Snickers Stage at Download, a lot has changed for InMe. The tent has emptied in favour of the main stage and the band are left with only a small portion of people.
Some things have not changed, for instance, the lead singer still has that glint in his eye and a swagger that just doesn't blend with their music. The music they make switches wildly between tranquil soundscapes and loud, catchy choruses that have a slight whiff of Funeral For A Friend about them.
A band of two faces, they are capable of both enchanting a crowd and sending them into a pit. With Deftones starting at the same time, the odds are stacked against them. Their intro is long winded, more suited to an operatic band such as Nightwish perhaps, and the first song is crushing, more brutal than you would expect from such a skinny collection of gentlemen.
InMe are no longer the seemingly inexperienced teens they began as. Gone are the pretty faces and gone is the pretty voice (at least at times). InMe have grown up and although this new band we're faced with is certainly a good listen, their older material with it's use of effects seemed to have something more about it.
'Otherside' is particularly impressive tonight, coming from their second album 'White Butterfly', there's a power that lurks underneath the song. It's an assorted crowd being catered for, and InMe certainly manage to provide something for everyone but there's still the feeling that everyone is satisfied with the set tonight even if there are some who feel that they should have stayed true to their original music.