By Natalie Greener
I think I had a grunge awakening when INHEAVEN – an alternative indie four-piece from South London, took over Bodega on Friday 13th October. Ive been wanting to see these guys for a while now. A mixture of punk, indie rock and shoegaze, the iconic sound was something I could not pass up. The band have been non stop this year. Touring with Circa Waves as support alongside The Magic Gang, Inheaven have reached triumph in the alternative music scene.
Supporting Inheaven were a recent breakthrough act named Bloxx. Fusing grungy undertones with classic indie influenced melodies, the band made their mark on the eager crowd. Researching them more after the gig, I really dig their track released last year titled UR Boyfriend. This four pieces journey will be an exciting one over the next few months. Next up was King Nun – and I liked them. I liked them a lot. Keeping the grungy vibe intact, the guys took over the social club with a mind blowing stage presence and groovy sound. It was definitely worth getting down early to see the support.
A top notch set list and packed sight before me, the vibe was something else. Inheaven could have easily sold out other venues across Nottingham in a blink of an eye. One of the best aspects of their performance was the shared stage presence amongst the band. Being a female in the music industry, seeing a lead woman is something that I rarely come across but when I do, it feels empowering. However, the joint lead roles in the band created dynamics most bands cannot achieve. Vocally complementing each other, James and Chloe stole the show. My personal favourite track – live and audio – is Regeneration. Getting the industrialised sound (favoured in the 70s/80s) on point, the band can really take it to the next level. Following the recent release of their album named after the band, their set was filled with perplexing pieces of instrumental. This alongside lyrics that truly capture the deepest and darkest of our most inner thoughts and desires, Inheaven smashed it.
Images are by Orla Toland – please check out the rest of her phenomenal and aesthetically pleasing work.