In Case of Fire

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In Case of Fire
In Case of Fire perform at the 2009 Leeds Festival. L-R: Steven Robinson, Colin Robinson, Mark Williamson
In Case of Fire perform at the 2009 Leeds Festival. L-R: Steven Robinson, Colin Robinson, Mark Williamson
Background information
OriginPortadown, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
GenresAlternative rock, progressive rock, new prog, post-hardcore
Years active2005–2012, 2016–present
LabelsSearch and Destroy, Zomba
MembersSteven Robinson
Colin Robinson
Past membersMark Williamson

In Case of Fire are an alternative rock band from Portadown, Northern Ireland, who formed in 2005. The band officially disbanded on 1 October 2012, and then reunited in March 2016. The original line-up consisted of lead vocalist and guitarist Steven Robinson, bassist Mark Williamson and drummer Colin Robinson.[1] Their musical style has been described as "alternative rock" with "progressive" and "hardcore" influence, and they have been compared to Muse, Queens of the Stone Age and Mars Volta.[2][3] Critics have specifically praised the band's use of unusual time signatures.[4] They are signed to Search and Destroy Records in the UK and the Zomba Label Group in the United States.[5]

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".[6] They were the opening act on the 2009 Kerrang! tour supporting Bring Me the Horizon, Black Tide, Dir en grey and Mindless Self Indulgence,[7] after receiving high praise from editor Paul Brannigan. He had said that the three-piece were "the best new band I’ve heard in ages".[8] On 28 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.[9]

The band released their debut album, Align the Planets in May 2009 which received strong reviews from the alternative music press. Later, in August 2009 they won the Kerrang! Award for "Best British Newcomer".[10]

Second album (2010–2012)[edit]

At the end of April 2010, the band advertised an 'early album version' of "Burn the Bridges" on bandcamp. Their latest single, "Are You Ready?", and its b-side, is available as a free download at their bandcamp site.[11]

The band announced via Facebook on 1 March that they had split from Raw Power Management, following several failed attempts to get the recording of a second album off the ground in the last year and a half, which had led the band to question its own existence. In the following month, demos of new songs "Pretender" and "The Reason" were placed on the band's Facebook page. In April 2011 it was announced via Facebook that Mark Williamson had left the band. The following November it was announced that Colin Robinson had also left the band. In October 2012, lead vocalist/guitarist Steven announced via Facebook that ICOF had come to an end.


Former members
Touring members


Studio albums[edit]


Year Title Chart Positions Album
UK Singles Chart UK Rock Chart UK Indie Chart
2008 "This Time We Stand" Align the Planets
2009 "The Cleansing" 10
"The Cleansing" (re-release)
2010 "Are You Ready?"


Year Title Award Nominated work Result
2009 Kerrang! Awards Best British Newcomer In Case of Fire Won


  1. ^ "In Case of Fire". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 3 August 2009.
  2. ^ "Sessions " In Case of Fire". Retrieved 3 August 2009.
  3. ^ "In Case of Fire – This Time We Stand". Retrieved 3 August 2009.
  4. ^ "In Case of Fire – This Time We Stand (Single)". Archived from the original on 18 June 2009. Retrieved 3 June 2009.
  5. ^ "In Case of Fire to release second single". Retrieved 3 March 2008.
  6. ^ "In Case of Fire – This Time we Stand". Retrieved 3 April 2008.
  7. ^ "Kerrang! Magazine" (1245). January 2009: 7. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  8. ^ "In Case of Fire Sign Up". BBC. Retrieved 12 March 2009.
  9. ^ "In Case of Fire replace The Blackout in London". Kerrang!. Archived from the original on 30 March 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2009.
  10. ^ "News – The 2009 Kerrang! Awards winners". Kerrang!. Archived from the original on 6 August 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2009.
  11. ^ Katie Sweed (18 November 2012). "In Case of Fire". Retrieved 25 June 2013.

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