InMe have been in and around the heavy metal scene in the UK since the late 90’s. On January 17th, they release their new album, Jumpstart Hope. They have just released a new single called Shame and are gearing up for their album release tour.
Gazz Marlow plays guitar in the band. In the latest instalment in our Why I Love series, he writes about his love for one of Scotland’s most popular bands; Biffy Clyro.
I first heard Biffy when a friend sent me the song “The Go-Slow” over MSN (don’t worry I bought it since!). I loved how scratchy and punk rock it was and I immediately really liked the melodic side and the guitar style. But the song that really got me properly into them was Glitter and Trauma. Just an incredible build up with a massive payoff when it kicks in! I’ve been a DJ for many years and I immediately started playing that at rock clubs, which I loved as it always got a really good reaction.
When I got into Biffy I was playing in a band called Dry Rise (who Tom from InMe used to be in too). I had a tendency back then to be a bit too simplistic with some chord choices and rhythms and listening to Biffy really opened up my mind to some slightly “jazzier” chord voicings, and less straightforward timings. Really helped my songwriting and execution actually.
In terms of their album covers, I reckon both Puzzle and Infinity Land have really iconic covers. I’m not going to lie and pretend to know what Infinity Land’s one is meant to be, but it looks really cool! And Puzzle is just great. I heard the guy was painted for ages to have that photo taken.
I’m pretty crap at lyrics, even ones I ‘know’ I seem unable to sing along to or to recite to others! I do really like the song Machines in terms of lyrics though. It’s a very personal and intimate sort of vibe. I’ve sang that one at open mics a few times (though I do still need a lyrics sheet!).
To date Puzzle still ranks as one of my favourite albums, in some ways it’s maybe their overall “best” but I love all the albums, right from Blackened Sky up to 2019’s Balance, Not Symmetry (which I recently bought). A track I’m loving at the moment is Sunrise, from the aforementioned Balance, Not Symmetry.
I guess if I had to take one track to a rock club to play for all eternity, I’d probably take Saturday Superhouse as that’s just an absolute cracker.
So, I guess what I’m trying to say is – Mon the Biffy!
Many thanks to Gazz for taking the time to write about Biffy Clyro. You can read more from our Why I Love column, here.
You can find out more about InMe’s forthcoming plans below including a link to pre-order their album and see if InMe are playing in a town near you!
INME – ‘JUMPSTART HOPE’ ALBUM RELEASE TOUR
With support from Haggard Cat
18/01 – The Loft, Southampton
19/01 -Cobblestones, Bridgwater
20/01 – Frog and Fiddle Cheltenham
21/01 -The Bunkhouse, Swansea
22/01 – Redrum, Stafford
23/01 – Live Rooms, Chester
24/01 – O2 Academy, Leicester
25/01 – Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
26/01 – Boston Music Rooms, London