25th October | Exchange
Photos: Michael Brumby
Intoku are a Bristol-based three-piece band, comprised of Adam on Synth/electronics, Dom on drums and Sophie vocals. The three members met while studying at university, and after four years in development, Intoku have surfaced with a sturdy line-up of material and talented musicians.
Sophie shows a real emotional connection with her vocals. She pushes her voice and the results are breathtaking, with emotive lyrics often exploring life’s wonder, struggle and the need to embrace both the sweet and sour. Supported by layers of intricate drum parts, powerful synths and soul-shaking bass lines, this band work impressively well together and as a three-piece, I could really distinguish each of their individual talents within their group, adding up to an impressive collective output.
Their individual influences span across a number of quite different genres, which in hindsight has probably been key to developing their sound. Intoku’s sound is hard to pinpoint, as they deliver a cinematic, electronic sort of heavy dream-pop. They play with such confidence in this swirl of influences, and it makes for an awe-inspiring live show. Sync-ed with their custom vivid lighting set-up, this really is a real treat for the senses.
With a very small online footprint, this band is really saving the experience for their live shows. Although the intimate feel of Exchange was cosy and felt like a secret gig, I can’t help but feel they belong in a much larger venue to match the scale of their epic sound.
The future of Intoku is looking very promising with a release show in early 2020 followed by festivals and support shows. You can see them back at Exchange on 6th November supporting Nederveen.
To follow the movements of this elusive band, follow them on Instagram.