Our latest special guest on Why I Love is Dave Jackson, guitarist of InTechnicolour.
Hailing from Brighton, InTechnicolour are a riffy, groovy, rock band with a knack for creating a colourful song or two. Formed in 2015 the basis of the band was created from the desire to play loud music through slightly broken amps. Sitting somewhere between the slack desert-groove of Kyuss and Karma To Burn, the band combines deep riffs with a dynamic vocal style, which calls to mind the sounds of Baroness, Gojira and Mastodon. Their new album Midnight Heavyweight, has just been released via Small Pond Records.
Dave picks out Cult Of Luna; a band that feature regularly on our pages, and who have been an obvious inspiration to his own music.
Let me take you back to the mid-00s in the North East of England… “Noooo!” I hear you scream, but trust me it’s not that bad.
The year was 2006 and I was attending sixth form college in a small town called Darlington – EMO music was rife, and everyone looked well cool. But lurking in the shadows was something exciting, something heavy, something that didn’t have a fashion or scene surrounding it. Doom metal – yes please.
Festivals like Damnation in Leeds started popping up and a new wave of post-metal and doom bands descended upon the North East of England. For me this love for something heavy and darker was realised in 2004 when I discovered a little band from Sweden called Cult Of Luna. They had just released their new album Salvation and it was like nothing else.
It wasn’t until 2006 that I got to see them live and I couldn’t have asked for anything better. They were promoting their latest and best album (arguably) Somewhere Along the Highway and they were booked to play Fibbers (the old one). Needless to say, I bought my ticket and sacked off college that day to travel to York with my mate Matty. We put on our most adult-looking faces so we could get served at the bar. Back then it was pretty normal to get a black/red cross on your hand, black = Over 18, Red = Under 18, but if you were smart you brought a black marker with you and with a bit of spit and re-applying you could get served plenty of beers all night long.
That night they played the majority of SATH to a room of about 20 people including my mate Matty and I. I mostly stood fixed in one spot staring directly into a dark green light that was directed right at me. That, coupled with the blasting doom, had me transfixed and ever since have been a lifelong fan.
Even though I’ve seen them 12 times since then, and they are always incredible. I’m pretty sure that performance will stand firm at the top of my all-time greatest live performances. Damn, I still have the poster hanging on my wall and I’m 33 years old.
Since that day I’ve held a love for something slow, dark, and heavy close to my heart – and I owe it all to Cult Of Luna
Our thanks to Dave for taking the time to share his thoughts.
Here’s the video for Turn It Loose from Midnight Heavyweight, of which director / animator Amy Lucas says: ” focuses on each of InTechnicolour’s fears, explored by forming worlds around each of the band member’s individual fears for the viewers to dive into.“
InTechnicolour online: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Bandcamp
InTechnicolour will tour the UK with newly-launched hardcore band Skin Failure (ex-Black Peaks). Dates:
Nov-10 Leeds, Key Club
Nov-11 Nottingham, Chameleon
Nov-13 Bristol, Crofters
Nov-24 London, Camden Assembly
Nov-25 Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms
Nov-26 Southampton, Suburbia
Nov-27 Brighton, Prince Albert
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