Ping-pong, five-a-side or 70s mous­taches not doomy enough for you? One Brighton stoner band will sort you out

Metal Hammer (UK) - - New Noise - WORDS: HYWEL DAVIES

When it comes to set­ting your brain from func­tional to space cadet, stoner metal has it down to a fine art. You’d en­vi­sion these bands wan­der­ing a desert seek­ing out a deep, af­firm­ing sound that has in­fi­nite un­der­stand­ing of the mind, body and soul. What spir­i­tual jour­ney did Brighton crew InTech­ni­colour ven­ture on for their de­but al­bum, we won­der?

“We just went to Weather­spoon’s and had a chat,” laughs gui­tarist Dave Jack­son.

Dave, we soon learn, doesn’t take life too se­ri­ously. With InTech­ni­colour, he’s helped cre­ate a sound that bounces around a ton of con­trast­ing styles. The heavy, me­an­der­ing grooves they roll out are the Yin to their al­ter-mathy-ego

Yang. Why the changes of pace?

“We went through so many styles. We started out more metal and proggy, then we grew up a bit and wanted to dab­ble in things a bit more di­gestible. When you’re 18, you just want to write weird, nasty shit be­cause you’re like, ‘Fuck ’em, I want to write mu­sic that no one likes.’ As you get older you start to think, ‘Ac­tu­ally, I want to write some­thing that peo­ple like.’ It’s al­most like a va­ca­tion from the math, man. We also wanted to play some­thing fun and loud and prefer­ably not pass out af­ter an hour play­ing it.”

his cool de­meanour

may be down­play­ing it a wee bit here, as their last EP, Lend Me A Crushed Ear, has plenty of beef to go around. Their de­but al­bum is set to drop later this year, but the mileage they’ve al­ready racked up is quite im­pres­sive.

“It’s taken us 10 years to do an al­bum. The orig­i­nal drum­mer and I were at uni in Leeds and wrote three al­bums that never got re­leased. When I moved down to Brighton, I met the other guys and it was ba­si­cally a side-pro­ject at that point.

“It’s taken us ages, but this al­bum’s a bit more ma­ture be­cause of that,” he ex­plains. “I don’t want to say it’s less ‘metal’, but it’s more fun than the last EP. There’s a few epic tunes on it, like an 11minute outro that’s a mix­ture of Baroness and Mastodon. We haven’t got a name for it yet, but it’s fi­nally all com­ing to a head. We’re the old­est new band there is!”

One thing that re­ally sets InTech apart is their videos for sin­gles Doomer and Shaker. Set in a 70s-meets 80s-uni­verse where ping-pong and five-a-side footy are king, we follow the mag­nif­i­cently named Beef Simp­son and Congo Flame in a ri­valry you never knew you wanted. The videos are as ge­nius as they are ridicu­lous.

“We just grab our friend Dave [Neale] who makes videos, have a beer and shoot what­ever. We don’t plan any­thing; we just put our­selves in a sport­ing en­vi­ron­ment and film it,” he says. “We could even do a mini-golf one in the fu­ture!”

Mini-golf might not be metal, but InTech­ni­colour’s bound­less en­thu­si­asm for the game most def­i­nitely is. INTECH­NI­COLOUR’S AL­BUM WILL BE OUT LATER THIS YEAR

Intech­ni­colour: stoner metal at its most lit­eral

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