Tonight the new band INK arrived in Cardiff. Named after artist Ralph Steadman, McFly’s bassist Dougie Paynton’s latest project play Clwb Ifor Bach. INK, a post-punk trio with Corey Alexander and Todd Dorigo with a four-track EP, out to explore the music this is never going to be McFly revisited.
Before INK placed their musical spot on Clwb Ifor Bach the expectant crowd were entertained by local band Coroners. The four-piece played an energetic set of their current numbers with the tag on facebook ‘We Are The Underground’ the music was mainstream indie pop rock. Into the mix with a quiet start building into a dramatic beat driven song was Going To The Hospital. Bassist Shyam Pankhania added some keys into the mix blending in tonal layers making the music interesting when combined with some great guitar riffs and rhythm guitar. With a short set they laid out the sound and warmed up our ears with Last Dance and closing out with I Don’t Mind where Matt Fleet’s vocals once again laid the song down strongly. The growing crowd were ready to see INK and the buzz of excitement that Dougie was going to stand on Clwb Ifor Bach’s stage soon, very soon…
The venue filled with mainly young women. A change from the audiences being predominately male of a certain age! They were bubbling with youthful excitement waiting for INK though the gathering crowd around the bass indicating many were here to see Dougie Poynter! The stage was uncluttered for the trio with a smallish drum kit, vintage style bass amp and a Marshall. A new band only in the scene since mid-March with debut EP recently released, so excited to see what the band would be like live.
The crowd became a seething tangle of mobile camera-phones as INK energetically strutted their stuff with Dougie brandishing his rhythmic pink four-stringed weapon! Todd on lead guitar, used to performing solo, fitted into the band his Fender Mustang which sounded very Edge (U2) like at times, combined with his excellent voice it was a winning combination. Everyone in the venue erupted at the end of every number, whether an ABBA cover, from the debut EP Heaven or covered from elsewhere. The energy of the band was transferred from the stage to the audience. They were absorbing with pure delight live music magic tonight in Cardiff. The pace was fast and furious with Dougie, leaping, pirouetting, pogoing and kneeling in front of the camera-phones. Opening the evening with Fever from the album they set down their stall of the music they were going to play. Symphony Woman a great track with the added vitality of audience participation was a real highlight, very tight as Todd’s vocals, Corey’s drumming and what’s his name? bass combining to create a great atmosphere.
Into the set, they added an ABBA number rather fitting on a Eurovision weekend. Lay all your love on me, instantly recognised as being on the Mama Mia soundtrack. The number was coloured in by INK giving the song an edgier texture and tone. All of the covers that surrounded the four originals from the EP were greeted with cheers and smiles as the words were recalled and there was dancing always good on a Friday night!
Closing out with the title track Heaven, the shortish set was brought to an early close. Looking forward to hearing the band develop with more material perhaps a debut album and another tour. INK with its rock vibe combined with deep rhythms, guitar riffs and the distinctive gorgeous vocals has definitely earned a place in Bluesdoodles blue book of bands to watch…
Back to the Noise
Lay all your love on me
Gentleman of the Shade
One of My Kind
Heaven EP title track
The tour continues as they ink in new venues onto the INK Tour map.
12 May: Birmingham, The Flapper
13 May: Nottingham, Bodega
14 May: Sheffield, The Corporation
16 May: Manchester, Star & Garter
17 May: Glasgow, Garage Attic
18 May: Edinburgh, The Mash House
19 May: Newcastle, Think Tank
21 May: Leeds, The Key Club
22 May: Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
23 May: London, Camden Assembly
24 May: Tunbridge Wells, Forum
26 May: Southampton, Joiners
27 May: Northampton, Roadmender Underground
28 May: Coventry, Kasbah
29 May: Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms