Live Review: In Case of Fire on the Kerrang! Tour @ Oxford Academy – 20th January 2009

By on Wednesday, 21st January 2009 at 5:53 pm

In Case Of FireDespite having been going for nearly a week already, In Case of Fire kicked off tonight’s Kerrang Tour in style. After playing their first song, “Do What I Say”, the lads mumbled a brief introduction of “We’re In Case Of Fire and this song’s called ‘This Time We Stand'” before launching into a lively version of the track. After playing their older single they played their upcoming single, The Cleansing.

By now it seemed the three guys were getting into their stride as they spoke to the audience a bit more, getting everyone revved up for more before introducing their fourth and penultimate song, ‘The Cleansing’. Steven (vocals and guitar) and Mark (bass) certainly gave a lively performance using most of the stage space available as they powered through the songs. Although a bit more hidden from view, Colin on drums also seemed to give the set his all.

As with any good opening act, In Case of Fire got the audience set for the rest of the night with demanding to know “who’s looking forward to Black Tide“, pausing for the screams that they knew would undoubtedly follow, and then going on to repeat the question for Dir En Grey, Bring Me The Horizon and the headliners, Mindless Self Indulgence. Finally, they introduced their last song but not before saying that they’d be back in Oxford some time soon.

Although the set was short, no more than about 20 minutes, there is little doubt that In Case of Fire have made their mark big time on the people at the Kerrang tour. With a sound that bears reminiscence of a Northern Irish version of Muse, yet individual and fast paced in their own unique way as well; In Case of Fire are definitely a band to watch this year.

The rest of the night saw the pace of the audience only increase as Black Tide, Dir En grey, Bring Me The Horizon and Mindless Self Indulgence all brought their individual sets to the stage but each had the audience hooked in by their different approaches. It was undoubtedly one of the best combinations of bands to have as there was something for every Kerrang fan.

In Case of Fire played:
Do What I Say
This Time We Stand
The Cleansing
Plan A

In Case of Fire’s self-released debut album, Align The Planets; is out in February and their single, The Cleansing will be released March 2nd. The top photo is taken from In Case of Fire at the Mandela Hall in Belfast, as no pictures were available from last night’s show.

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