Inheaven @ The Slade Rooms, 9th February, 2017

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Following a recent support tour with Sundara Karma, Freak now find themselves opening for indie rockers Inheaven at the Wolverhampton Slade Rooms. Fronted by Connar Ridd, the band do a great job of engaging and involving the young crowd before them.

Although that didn’t take much. This crowd were like a school trip after bags of sherbet. Bouncing and moshing around to the band’s riff led tunes; the audience were in the palm of the bands hand from the off. A number of fans are clearly familiar with the bands material, which is helpful for an opening band to make an impact. Producing a sound that’s possibly a poppier Dinosaur Pile Up, there are clearly bags of potential for the energetic three piece and I’m excited to see where they go.

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Touring in support of their soon to be released debut record, Inheaven have come off some high profile support slots to headline venues in their own right. And boy do they deserve to headline. Tracks such as ‘Baby’s Alright’ and ‘Regeneration’ sound massive in the live environment which makes you believe that these sized venues are soon to be much too small.

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It’s bassist Chloe that’s perhaps the focal point of the band in the live scenario, proving engaging and taking the lead for more vocals than you would expect from someone not in the centre of the stage. This isn’t to say that the Carl Barat-esque front man James Taylor is not capable because he’s more than so and has a warmth that you perhaps sometimes don’t get from the cooler than cool indie groups.

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It’s also highly exciting that the best songs on show this evening were songs that haven’t even been released yet. This is a band that is meant for huge festival stages and I have no doubt that come the summer they will  fully embrace such scenarios. Tonight was one of those evenings that you feel genuinely pleased to have caught a band early on in their career, for the promise they show means you may not be quite as close the next time around.

 

Reviewer – Dan Earl

Photographer – Neale Hayes

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