Reading trio InAir have only been a band for three short years, but they’re already receiving plenty of praise, and their music has been compared to “bullets coming through headphones.”
On their second EP, ‘Dreamful’, have they upgraded their armoury to give us a bigger aural assault?
Opening track, ‘Control’ almost lulls us into a false sense of security, with the synths having a calm, if a little edgy, feel to them. Then the full band kicks in; the guitars are loud and heavy, and Connor Shortt pounds his drums to within an inch of their lives. Going into the verse, the volume dies down, but the snare drum still sounds powerful and the momentum keeps up. The amps are turned back up to 11 for the chorus, which hits hard.
Similarly, ‘Chemicals’ opens up pairing heavy guitars and drums with synths, and this time the synths have a somewhat oriental feel. Joe Conneely‘s voice leaks pure emotion, especially on this track.
The whole affair is brought to a close with ‘Life Finds A Way’. In the slower intro, the vocals feel brooding and dark, contrasting against the brighter sound of the guitar and the drums. When Aaron Iley switches on his distortion pedal, the entire band switches into overdrive, and in turn into pure controlled chaos. The song ends with a fantastic guitar riff, and the whole experience is done.
InAir have moved on from bullets and launched right into cruise missiles. The bright synths contrast perfectly with the monstrous guitars and explosive drums, and the band are able to mix elements of pop-punk and progressive metal together, and neither feel out of place at any point. The vocals add that element of brutal honesty that caps off their signature sound.
20/All things Scottish Rock/Emo/Metal