Meet INK, formed of three friends: Dougie Poynter, Todd Dorigo and Cory Alexander. Each member comes from their own musical journey and the band works this to their advantage by producing genre-defying music. Discovering their interests in poetry, modern art and YSL, INK is far from your typical alternative rock band. The trio speak to PAUSE about all things music and menswear.
Dougie – Shirt: McQueen at Coggles, Todd – Shirt: The Kooples, Corey – Jumper: The Kooples
Who are your musical influences?
Todd: I think what was cool is that we come from different musical backgrounds and have quite an eclectic taste, so it was interesting to find the crossovers. But for me Nick Cave and was a big one when we were writing, especially lyrically as well.
Cory: Incubus, Rage, Blink I guess from a genre perspective.
Dougie: Playing-wise, I like the way The Descendants bass player plays; I like the down-stroke kind of thing. Nowadays I am more interested in song writing, so not necessarily a specific genre like ‘I’m into heavy metal’- I’m more interested in great songs. It doesn’t have to be the hookiest melody… I like classical music… I have a really kind of broad… (taste). Like Todd said, we all come from different places, but that’s what made it so much fun when writing. It was pretty unpredictable, which leads us back to Ralph Steadman as we never knew where each song was going to go. I could present Todd with a little, tiny melody or a chorus and he could take in a completely different direction than I would, which was awesome. We would just keep on going back and forth and then Cory came along and waxes his stamp on it and that’s how we’ve ended up (with music).
What inspires your music collectively?
Todd: Our own experiences. Me and Dougie would chat loads every morning and when it comes to writing the song, the lyrics would always stem from that conversation that we would have. And in our experiences were we felt the same thing. That’s why we felt quite attached to a lot of these songs as they came from our personal experiences.
Dougie: That was fun. We’d pick one tiny-little five second feeling and try and write as much as possible about that. Todd is great with lyrics and is constantly writing poetry. He introduced me to so many poets and has really opened my mind to lyric writing. Yeah, they’re all not super dark… we wouldn’t take the stereotypical thing of boy meets girl; we would pick something like that feeling just as you meet them and everything you feel and all the surroundings. I basically talk a load of crap at Todd and he churns it into lyrics.
And Cory, you get the sounds in there?
Cory: Yeah, I think it comes with an energy which is important with a song if certain parts that need to remind you (of a feeling). As Doug said earlier, there’s no target that’s trying to be hit which makes such questions hard to answer as we don’t know really
As individuals you all have your own sense of style, how do you merge as a trio?
Dougie: They are different, but there are also things that are the same.
Dougie – Denim Jacket: Diesel, Todd – Shirt: The Kooples, Leather Jacket: Religion Corey – Shirt: Loom @ Urban Outfitters
When we were getting ready, one of you played The Beatles. Then I looked at you guys and wondered whether you would be the modern version. Do The Beatles inspire you?
All: Always, Yes.
Dougie: Some of the best songs ever written. Paul McCartney is one of the best bass players ever. I don’t know one band, one dude that’s in a band or writes songs that doesn’t like The Beatles. Some people are on the fence with The Beach Boys, I love The Beach Boys, but never with The Beatles, everyone loves The Beatles.
Will you guys be performing at a festival this year?
Dougie: TBD. We will see how this goes. You may never from us again, this may be the last time.
What can we expect from INK?
Cory: Just to play music that we all like
Todd: I don’t think we’ve ever really had goals, it seems to have just happened and we’ve found ourselves in the middle of it.
Is there a goal for this year?
Todd: We just want to release this EP and gig as much as we can and get people to hear it.
Cory: I think with the genre of music and what we are trying to create and make it real, we want to play a lot and we just want people to come and watch us play. So we made the EP and we did start on 1st January so we can’t now say there’s no goal because we did start on the 1st January.
To release the EP and hopefully people just like it and hopefully people want to come and see us play because we’re prepared to play. That’s what makes it different, a lot of guys out there, that you hear of, don’t really want to go and play and we actually do want to play. we We want to make our live set different and for people to enjoy it. Kind of like back in the grunge days or the punk days were you go and watch a band and the band live was cool. If you want to go and listen to the EP, you can go and listen to the EP. If you want to go and see a band, you want to go and see a band.