Down in buzzy Brighton, you’ll currently find some of the most exciting bands around – including newcomers Intechnicolour. Frontman Tobie Anderson fills us in on their summer plans, including their (erm, now just finished) Black Peaks support tour.
Hey Tobie. How’s Brighton at the mo, is everything lovely by the sea?
Brighton is buzzing, I mean look at the size of that town vs all the good rock music coming outta here – Tigercub are killing it, Demob Happy’s new record is sexy, not even gonna go into the what Black Peaks are brewing up…
Tell us about band life, how have you spent your first few years?
The first few years of the band’s life was kind of unorthodox as, to begin with, it was just myself and Dave writing songs over the world wide web and just having some fun with some big dumb riffs… It wasn’t until we had written a few good tunes that we decided it was probably time to add some proper musicians to the mixing bowl and turn this project idea into a real band.
What have you found the most challenging so far?
Honestly, the fact that I don’t live in Brighton where the rest of my band resides. I work and live all the way up in York, North Yorkshire, so it can be tough not seeing my bandmates for weeks on end and doing all my rehearsing and posturing on my own. In my pants. In my bedroom. In Yorkshire.
It sounds like you lot have some great shows coming up, are there any you’re particularly looking forward to?
Really looking forward to heading out with our good friends Black Peaks. Also, we’re playing Bad Pond Festival with our tour buddies The Physics House band who are the musical equivalent of Holy Mountain. Shows with Wild Cat Strike and Poly-Math should be killer and of course our first outdoor festival at 2000trees, buzzing for that day to come round.
How do you go about landing all these buzzy tour supports?
We have all been individually doing this for a while, playing in other bands, booking DIY shows, doing sound at local venues for 50 quid and an allocation of two Carlings… We knew Black Peaks, Town Portal and The Physics House Band before we started InTechnicolour or had finished any songs. Once we were ready, and the songs were ready, we showed a few people, they liked it, and it started going well. It still is.
How are you getting on with your debut album?
It’s going well; we have tracked the majority of the album now, so it’s head first into the ‘mixing grindstone’ at the min.
How would you describe its vibe so far?
It’s what you would expect from us, big heavy stoner riffs with some catchy vocals to go along with it. It’s gonna be mean, but also polite; good, but also devious and sexy.
It’s a long time coming, and we can’t wait to show everyone what the inside of our heads sound like. Our last single ‘Shaker’ will be on it, give it a listen for a little taste, it’s tasty.
Will you be trying out any new material during these upcoming live dates?
Loads of it.
What do you most enjoy writing songs about? Are there any themes you keep coming back to?
Lyrically, it’s whatever is troubling me at that particular moment. Normally lyrics get written at around 3am when I can’t sleep, and I’ve got a circus of horrors going round in my head.
I think thematically, its whatever you make of it. If the words of one of our songs mean a certain thing to the audience when they listen to it, who am I to try and change that perception.?