Since their inception in 1996, InMe have enjoyed quite an illustrious career. Over the span of six records and two decades of activity, the band have travelled the globe, graced the UK charts numerous times and have rubbed shoulders with the likes of Deftones, Biffy Clyro, Pendulum, Limp Bizkit, Feeder, Serj Tankian and countless other esteemed bands.
Whilst this shopping list of achievements may indicate a band enjoying the endless spoils of towering success, InMe have long fallen back under the overshadow of obscurity, frequently headlining venues that one would associate with newly emerging acts. Of course, performing at such respective venues is by no means relative of their skill, nor is it indicative of failure. Despite being removed of the basking gleam of the limelight, the band continue to defend their longevity with their latest record Jumpstart Hope.
The band’s seventh consecutive release, Jumpstart Hope is the follow up to Trilogy: Dawn, a record that was intended to the first segment of a now scrapped trilogy of interconnected records. To see a band canceling a large-scale project such as this may be alarming, but InMe aborting the concept in favour of Jumpstart Hope may be grand idea, all things considered. Jumpstart Hope is a reminder of the far reaching appeal and skill that has allowed InMe to be a constant figure within the scene. It’s an album that does ultimately demand respect, something that couldn’t be said for some of the content that precedes it.
Previously released single and opener ‘Blood Orange Lake’ see’s the band swiftly dive into proceedings, with it’s chugging riffs and vocalist Dave McPherson’s lofty falsettos swelling into rousing harmonies. This continues into the sentimental yet robust alt-rock of ‘The Next Song’, a track that truly presents the iconic range of McPherson’s vocals. Unlike some of their more aged and nu-metal tinged material, Jumpstart Hope feels modern and in terms of emotion, sincerely wholehearted.
It’s not surprising given the circumstances that are responsible for the birth of this record. With his heart perpetually on his sleeve, throughout this record McPherson lays bare to his life altering anxieties, addictions and insecurities. But it’s also an aspirational record, with the album simultaneously witnessing McPherson documenting the lifesaving relationships he possess with his bandmates through communicable positivity. To call it an emotionally charged record would be a bit of an understatement really, with Jumpstart Hope feeling like it’s treading a tightrope between despondency and uplifting solace consistently. This delicate balancing act is the record’s greatest asset, as it ensures Jumpstart Hope is subtly entrancing and engaging at all times.
As suggested previously though, one of the main appeals of Jumpstart Hope is it’s unprecedented contemporary nature. Whilst it could easily be at home within the alt-rock soundtracked halls that artists such as Fightstar, Young Guns and We Are The Ocean built, Jumpstart Hope doesn’t feel like a record that’s a decade late to the party. Yes, It doesn’t probe parts unknown, but there’s a level of urgency and modern contemporary present, something that the angular and the sidewinding riffs of ‘Alone’ and ‘The Leopard’ highlight. Other tracks, such as the pogoing leads of ‘I Swear’ and the nostalgic and reminiscing melodics of ‘For Something To Happen’ see InMe double down on the British pop tinged post-hardcore sound without sounding dated, all whilst sounding current and fresh due to McPherson’s fervent passion which he injects into this record.
In all, Jumpstart Hope is a record that showcases just how InMe have remained a constant fixture within the UK alternative scene and a record that shines due the sheer amount of passion and aspiration pumped into it. It would be incredibly surprising to see InMe returning to the dazzling glow of the spotlight off the back of this record, but for many, it may prove to be the kickstart required to reignite interest in this band.
Jumpstart Hope Is Out January 17th Via Killing Moon Records