Inheaven @ Soup Kitchen
With support from Purple Heart Parade
Shit happens, right? We’re all adults here, we understand that sometimes things don’t go to plan; fire alarms go off during interviews, fuses blow at venues, sometimes gigs get cancelled, sometimes they get cut tragically short.
Such was the attitude adopted at Inheaven’s gig on Saturday at Soup Kitchen when the power failed and everything was sadly delayed.
Ok so the delay may have had an adverse effect on the size of the crowd (deserters!), and both the support and the headline act were cut horribly short, but what’s an hour or two among friends at the end of the day. No doubt it’s an hour or two that will be quickly forgotten by Inheaven as they continue touring at a very pleasing speed.
Chloe (full time mega babe and Inheaven’s bassist) emerged from the basement venue into the bar at one point to humbly offer some explanation as to the delay and entreat us not to leave, an unnecessary appeal – but totally charming. The band’s general down-to-earth-ness is in balance with the honeyed dreaminess of their sound, visuals and lyrical content. They’re saying; ‘hey, dreamer, we get you!’ In fact, in Bitter Town, their best song so far and highlight of the gig, singer James Taylor speaks knowingly to the heart of the vaguely frustrated and confused adolescent inside all of us when he sings ‘I don’t know what I need, I ain’t got no policies, all I really know is I got you’.
Bitter Town drips with school holiday blues and a longing for escape so there’s definitely a tinge of youthful innocence and naivety. But for the same reason it’s full of hope, fitting as an anthem to accompany Inheaven’s steady incline of successes.
Once Inheaven eventually started up, they produced the same warmth of sound that can be heard in their singles; a shoegazey grunge sound painted in sunny watercolours. There was plenty of shuddering guitar (perhaps a little over-done through the PA considering the diminished size of the crowd), punchy percussion and glorious resounding bass from Chloe, whose composed smile permeated the performance with an endearing confidence. In my experience vocals struggle a little with the acoustics of Soup Kitchen’s dungeon but not so for Inheaven, the vocals were clear and well projected from James.
Inheaven’s third song was new single Baby’s Alright, a more ‘pop’ sounding record with a memorable statement chorus. Listen out for its release as the band begin to issue material from their upcoming album, out in January next year.
Purple Heart Parade @ Soup Kitchen
Inheaven’s unlucky support band, the local Purple Heart Parade, channelled proud Mancunia through and through. We’re talking rain-friendly haircuts, Stone Roses-esque rhythmic drums and as much reverb as manmade string and trembling amp can muster. They had a really incredible energy despite less than desirable circumstances, given that they were left with less than half an hour for their set. Front man Peter Cowap was giving it all the North West swagger and conjuring an impressive mini psychedelic vortex in their precious twenty minutes before the headline act.
The Purple Heart Parade is coming to Manchester’s Cosmosis Festival in March alongside The Jesus and Mary Chain and Sleaford Mods so make sure you check them out.
I, for one, am locked in to see Inheaven’s youthfulness blossom. They make a wonderfully wistful noise and are destined to mature in very beautiful and interesting ways. Hopefully next time Manchester will be slightly better prepared to welcome them.
Words & photos: Scarlett Pares Landells