Genre: Alternative Rock
In Case of Fire (formely known as Element) are an alternative rock group from Northern Ireland. Formed in 2005 the original and current line up consists of brothers Steven (vocals, guitars) and Colin Robinson (drums, percussion), as well as Mark Williamson (bass). They are signed to Search and Destroy Records in the U.K and the Zomba Label Group in the U.S.
Their musical style has been described as “alternative rock” with “progressive” and “hardcore” influence, and have been compared to Muse, Queens of the Stone Age and Mars Volta. Critics have specifically praised the band’s use of unusual time signatures. The trio won the MTV2 ‘Spanking New’ competition, coming out on top of such acts as Adele, Foals, Black Kids and Lykke Li to be the “viewer’s choice of bands to watch out for in 2008”.
They were the opening act on the 2009 Kerrang! tour supporting Bring Me the Horizon, Black Tide, Dir en grey and Mindless Self Indulgence, having received particular high praise from the magazine with editor Paul Brannigan saying that the three-piece are ???the best new band I???ve heard in ages???.
On 28th March 2009, the band supported Fightstar and Bullet for My Valentine at the Royal Albert Hall, in London for a special Teenage Cancer Trust show, after replacing The Blackout due to illness.
In August 2009 they won the Kerrang! Award for “Best British Newcomer”.