London-based alt rock trio, INK., was formed in 2017 by: vocalist/guitarist Todd Dorigo from Manchester; bassist Dougie Poynter from London; and drummer Corey Alexander from Leeds.
Taking influence from artists such as Nick Cave, David Bowie and Nirvana and the writings of Vladimir Nabokov, Allen Ginsberg and John Cooper Clarke, INK. contrasts its pop-influenced hooks and bass driven verses with lyrics covering topics of anxiety, love and the coming of age. Over the course of a couple years, Dougie and Todd often saw each other around London and shared a common bond over their love for Ralph Steadman and the Beat Generation. They inevitably found themselves writing songs together but with no real aim and after six months of writing more and more frequently, they found that the body of work they had naturally assembled instigated the forming of the band. They later hunted down Corey through their network of friends to complete the rhythm section.
The band name, "INK.", stems from the work of Ralph Steadman who begins each of his works with a random splatter of Indian ink which then dictates how and what the illustration will become. The band saw the parallel in Steadman's process and how it writes songs: a simple initial idea which is then pursued to its natural unforeseen conclusion.
Vocals & Guitar / TODD DORIGO
DRUMS / COREY ALEXANDER
BASS / DOUGIE POYNTER