Following a summer full of festivals and on the cusp of releasing their first album, Inheaven are about to embark on a headline tour, which is stopping at Think Tank?, Newcastle this month. Laura Sanderson caught up with the South London alternative rock band to find out more about their new release and we should expect from their Newcastle date.
How has festival season been for you so far? Have you had a favourite festival performance this year?
This summer’s festival season has been really amazing because we played at a lot of these festivals last year and they’ve probably quadrupled in the amount of people watching us. It’s nice to see the work we’ve put in over this year is paying off and seeing that evolution. Our favourite festivals so far would be Truck Festival and Glastonbury.
Do you prefer playing festival gigs or your own headline gigs?
I think they are two completely different things. At festivals, you’ve got a lot of people just checking you out, whereas when you play your headline set it’s like a really intense energy because everyone there really wants to see you. At festivals, you’ve got to win people over and keep fans happy, but you do usually get to play to ten times the amount of people.
What’s your favourite song to perform live and why?
I love playing ‘Regeneration’ at the end of the set but I also love playing ‘Treats’ because generally all the kids form their own little circle so it’s quite nice as a buzz.
Can you tell us about the sound of your upcoming album? Do the new songs sound similar to the songs you’ve already released?
No, I think the album starts off punky and heavy and then it goes into more of a dream pop landscape and then loud punky, ‘Regeneration’ style, towards the end. It’s meant to take you on a bit of a journey. There is flat-out rock ‘n’ roll in there too as we just tried to make a record that we would like to listen to and hopefully other people like listening to it too.
Did you have any musical influences when making the album?
We listened to a lot of Smashing Pumpkins and The Clash and obviously Pixies pretty much run through everything we do. For the slower stuff, we listened to some of The Cure’s slower dreamier moments. There’s a lot of guitar band influences running through.
You’re playing Think Tank? in Newcastle this month. Are you looking forward to coming back and performing in the North East?
Yeah, it’s one of our favourite places to go. We always look forward to Newcastle, Birmingham and London. Newcastle is always one of our top ones because every time we go there we have the best gig ever. The craziest gigs we play are generally in Newcastle. And we always love going out in Newcastle after our gigs and have the best night ever there.
What can fans coming to your tour expect?
We’ve got a weird set design that we’ve been testing out throughout the summer. The whole stage is covered in red roses and the roses are climbing up the mic and guitar amps, as well as a huge red velvet backdrop – it’s influenced by the album artwork which has red roses on each of our tongues. We’ll be playing most of the album and a lot of the B sides we’ve released over the last 3 years. We’ll also be playing a longer set that we’ve never really done before.
Inheaven play Think Tank?, Newcastle on Saturday 30th September. Tickets, priced at £8.80 in advance, are available from thinktanknewcastle.com.