INME - Herald Moth

InMe - Herald Moth

12 songs
53:26 minutes
***** ***


Sometimes I get the impression that England live in a musical universe separated from the rest of the world. They may have spawned the most important bands (The Beatles, Rolling Stones) that made pop music what it is today, but nowadays they have bands that are really popular on their island but hardly ever get any feedback from the continent.

InMe are a band I had never heard of before, even though Herald Moth is already their fourth album, all of which entered the British charts. This may seem strange considering how hard it is to describe the quartet’s music. The root of their sound is emo rock, but over the years they have refined their sound by integrating the most diverse elements like nu metal, progressive rock, electro, new wave and probably still other ingredients that must have slipped my mind. All of this makes Herald Moth a slightly uneven but overall still very interesting listening experience. Dave McPherson’s vocals have this charismatic quality that catapulted Nickelback to the top of the charts, and whenever the band aims for ballad territory, the parallels to the Canucks seem undeniable. Fortunately there is also a more playful side to InMe, whenever the guitars get allowed enough space to insert complex patterns, or always when the rhythm section aims for more unusual time signatures. The songs always remain accessible, yet most of them are always good for a pleasant surprise.

Herald Moth contains a dozen songs and is consequently a rather long album. Although that in itself is certainly not a mistake, I feel this would have made an even better because more concise impression if the band had decided to go without the ballads which rob the flow of its momentum. InMe fare much better when they play their spirited pop songs, like Single Of The Weak with its smart new wave rhythm and its furious chorus. Fans of contemporary rock music who can imagine a more accessible Mars Volta or a mellower Fall Of Troy should consider checking out this British band that has managed to keep the balance between experimental structures and radio compatible songwriting.

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