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