After scrapping the proposed conceptual trilogy in favour of a stand alone full-length, InMe steer away from the initial focus of a concept with seventh LP, ‘Jumpstart Hope’.
With the addition of guitarist John O’Keeffe and drummer Tom Dalton, the record picks up on elements of the alt rock style of their previous record, as well as returning to the heavier and progressive elements of their earlier catalogue.
With a rolling riff opening ‘Blood Orange Lake’, frontman Dave McPherson passionately screams, growls, and croons around swirling melodies. Inflected with technical metal time signatures, the track moves around all the trademarks of InMe‘s history. From the tender melodies, open choruses, and stomping riffs, it proves that the almost five-year long wait for ‘Jumpstart Hope was valid. As the track moves through a progressive and cinematic bridge, the group flits between stirring strings, bouncing bass lines, and passionate vocals, creating an ambitious opening statement.
Going down a more radio-friendly route for ‘The Next Song’, bassist Greg McPherson creates a funk led foundation over brother Dave‘s falsetto, creating a smooth transition to the song’s synth heavy chorus. As usual with the group, various tones pepper the track, from the classic rock style guitar solo to the post-hardcore influenced melody that descends across the chorus.
After the grit infused ballad of ‘For Something To Happen’ showcasing the hypnotising strength of Dave‘s varied vocal range, ‘I Swear’ locks into a stomping groove and adds to the record’s multifaceted dynamics. With a delightfully heavy breakdown at its disposal, the track alternates between chunky guitars and wide choruses.
Taking things down slightly, ‘Clear History’ rests on mid-tempo chords and spinning melodies as Dave delivers lyrics at an unrelenting pace The same can be said for ‘The Leopard’, a track that marries post-grunge riffs with lush harmonies, and, whilst it may not change direction at a rapid rate, the hooks are memorable.
Closing the record with ‘Shame’, djent style riffs bounce alongside restrained and crooning choruses. Making full use of its runtime, the track moves through the soundscapes of the record to deliver a final roaring statement.
A stronger and more concise record than its predecessor, ‘Jumpstart Hope’ sees InMe return with a bang. Whilst still pushing their sound further, the band have focused on the core elements of their sound to create a new chapter in their career.