On Record With InTechnicolour: The Albums Behind Big Sleeper

Imagine a band boasting members of Delta Sleep, Luo and Broker – what does it sound like? Whatever you’re mentally envisioning, it probably differs greatly from the actual reality. Formed of UK left-field royalty, Brighton’s InTechnicolour present slack and stoned desert groove with a vibrant and contemporary twist. With their new album Big Sleeper out now via Big Scary Monsters, we got in touch with the band to find out what albums where inspirational crucial to the development of the record.

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Baroness - Red Album

Dave Jackson (Guitar): When I used to date a girl that lived back up north near my home town of Darlington, I would spend many, many hours sat at the back of a National Express bus travelling to and from Darlo to visit her and this album would always be playing! Until I heard this album, I hadn't heard a convincing new rock band in ages (except Mastodon). They totally blew every other band out of the water. For my 21st birthday my mate Matthew Wright surprised me with tickets to see them at a tiny pub in Birmingham on the Red Album tour and subsequently InTechnicolour was born.

Queens of the Stone Age - Queens Of The Stone Age

Dave Jackson: I'm not sure how much more this album could influence my guitar playing and love for a fat fuzzy riff. It’s got everything you could want from a debut - raw production, driving guitars, crooning melodies and effortlessly cool steez. Just go and listen to 'Regular John' and you'll know exactly what I mean.

Team Sleep - Team Sleep

Tobie Anderson (Vocals): As a lyricist and vocalist I’m a huge fan of anything Chino does, obviously Deftones, as you might expect, are one of my favourite acts on the planet! But there has always been something about Team Sleep, one of Chino’s lesser known side projects, that really locked with me. It’s a little weirder than some of the Deftones stuff, it’s got some strange non-traditional recording techniques in terms of its vocal placements, dissonant harmonies, strange BV mix placements and just vocally, it’s a really interesting record. It’s definitely a record that played a big part in how I think about recorded vocals, and the lack of limitations this album has certainly influenced me to not be restricted to a lead vocal melody and a simple harmony....if it’s on record, why not have fun with it and build a weird wild big sonic space with the vocals, I like to think that comes through on Big Sleeper.

Queen Adreena - Taxidermy

Tobie Anderson: As far as I’m concerned Katie Jane Garside is as close to genius, lyrically, as I can find! She’s poetic and cryptic and intriguing in just the right amount for my soupy brain. This was the first record I found by her, I was in a tiny second-hand record shop in a little village called Grassmere in The Lake District, I think I was 12 or 13 and there with my family. I found this odd black and white album cover, but it had the required ‘parental advisory’ sticker in the bottom right hand corner, so I convinced my dad to buy it. Then I spent the next 15 years unpacking her lyrics on that record.

It’s so juxtaposing on tracks like ‘Yesterday’s Hymn’ which, on the face of it, sounds lush and relaxed but when you unpick the lyrics, for me, it’s about someone losing their faith and hurtling towards the end of their mortality with no safety net. I really wanted to make the lyrics on Big Sleeper in the same way and leave just enough of the interpretation up to the listener, and intriguing enough that they would want to come back over and over to unpack what’s being said, what’s being meant and what it all means to them. That all came from falling in love with Taxidermy when I was 12.

Pile - A Hairshirt of Purpose

Vlad Matveikov (Bass): band that always pushed boundaries in a non-compromising DIY way, from their song writing, to how the records/sound and feel, to their touring. This record always felt heavier, the songs hit deeper, and the live performances feel more hard hitting than many more traditional ¨heavy¨ bands. It just feels so god damn genuine and it hits where it should.

Bands like this feel like the good guys, the protagonists of the movie you are watching - and I want to feel this way about our own music, and have other people feel that about what we do. Not take any fucking short cuts, or do anything that feels stinky or contrived, just do what comes and feels natural.

Cult of Luna - Somewhere Along the Highway

Vlad Matveikov: showed me this record years ago when we just started hanging out, and before him, Tobie and I really started the public facing rock band called InTechnicolour…

There is something special about this band, and this record in particular. I think the best way of describing it is that when you are a kid and you watch your parents do something that seems either magical or unattainable to the child’s mind. When you grow up the magic in many things disappear as you learn how the tricks work, but with this band and this record the magic has never faded for me, and I really wanted for us to try and create a similar feeling for these songs, not necessarily sonically, but just the engagement and emotion that I felt for this record, I wished it to others, and hoped that it would come from the InTechnicolour debut.

Big Sleeper is out now via Big Scary Monsters. You can purchase the record here.

InTechnicolour will be touring this Spring, dates below

26/03/20 – Worthing - Bar 42 (w/ Operation Kino) 27/03/20 - Tunbridge Wells - Forum Basement (w/ Operation Kino)

8/03/20 - Hastings - Crawley's (w/ Operation Kino)

01/04/20 - Guildford - Boileroom (w/ Haggard Cat)

23/04/20 - Cheltenham - Frog And Fiddle (w/ Operation Kino)

09/07/20 - Cheltenham - 2000 Trees Festival


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