On Saturday evening I had the pleasure of going to see my old friend Alex Gale’s band Inflatable Mystery Parade (IMP). I had seen them once before about a year ago, and they seem to have quite a few new tracks. They remind me of The Talking Heads with a dash of Joy Division thrown in and a helping of Foals in there as well.
What I really appreciated was the band chemistry that was already evident. Their new drummer was quietly cool, sitting at the back; how all drummers should be. Then they have the oh so necessary geeky synths guy. The lead singer is great, he possesses a sort of anti-charisma quality, but it works. Mr. Gale on lead guitar, takes the shoe-gazer approach; effortlessly cool. Then on bass is the firm fan favourite; Charlie – constantly engaging in healthy ‘banter’ which allows for entertainment in-between songs.
When they play live, they have a big sound, and it’s a good sound. They seem to have the right mix between the jaunty high pitched guitars and well placed synths. My highlight came from a nice reworking of Beatles classic, Ticket to Ride. In a few years these kids could really go somewhere.