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07
Sep
09

Sodium Trail (And The Current Beantown Voice) – Parachute XVI

Look at the album cover. Looks like an Alternative Band.

Look at the name of the band. Looks Alternative.

Look at the song titles. Looks Alternative.

Well…they are Progressive.

So what we got here, with Alternative looks and Progressive sounds? A completely original band with songs which will grip you and will not let go. The jams in each of the four songs in the EP will remind anyone of the Allman Brothers Band…but the beginning and the ends will remind you: that its more than a “southern jam”.

Sodium Trail is a fully developed EP which has little space of improvement in any department. With roping in almost 25 minutes…the songs show the band’s strengths, ideas, ambitions and weaknesses.

Ananth Menon’s guitar work is like an explorer. On beautiful soundscapes, the guitar walks slowly, sometimes run, sometimes wobble, sometimes stammer but all the while…going forward. Without his guitar, simply, cant imagine this EP. His voice though, sounds familiar. You have heard that voice and vocal delivery before in other bands (like “Galeej Gurus”? :D). But again, who cares?

Ganesh K’s bass riffs are easier to spot and far more groovier than its allowed to be in a progressive band. Which is good…no…great actually. The boringness which the progressive bands brought in the 70s which led to birth of punk and hard rock, is easily cured here by the riffs. The “Krptos” experience helped.

And the drums. Will a jam ever be energetic without the drums? Sachin Moogi knows it. He shows it. Whats amazing is the way the drums share the same urgency with the guitars. It simply amazing.

“Walk : Rewind” starts with a bang…goes on showing promise and ends with leaving you wanting more. “60 Watt Sun” picks up on your thirst, takes you on an optimistic joyride with subtle hints that not everything is alright. “05/04” is a slow tempo number. Midway, it picks up pace. (Which was weirdly predictable..not a good thing!). “Mobius Trip” is exactly what it says. A trip. Listen to it with the lights out. You will be seeing things.

Apart from the voice, the only other concern is the words. Though the outlook is way different than the rest..the words are not strong enough as the music.

Like I said in the beginning, the Alternative outlook helped.  They have kept the experimental factor alive, mixed it with southern rock and chose the channel of progressive. And gave us a stunning debut EP.

Rating: 3.9/5

You can download the album for free from their website. You can check them out on myspace too.

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03
Jul
09

What is “Desi Beats”????

Okke.. so MTV came out with this already tried out idea of bringing reality TV in Rock Band concept. And who is better to promote than the girlfriend of a self proclaimed rock star. At least thats what MTV thinks.

Now the name itself is an amalgam of two cliches: “Desi Beats” and “Rock On”. But considering its MTV, and how their creative output dropped at a staggering rate during the last decade, its our fault if we expected more.

Now its too early to judge anything, but you know the reality shows on MTV. They suck. Hopefully, the bands and their music will be able to salvage this one.

In case you want to know more, check their site.

Check out the video of Kareena breaking a drum… and wonder why you are not suprised.

31
Mar
09

AVIMA Awards

Indian acts had it good. 4 awards altogether. And the winning in “Most Mind Blowing Music Video”  and “Best Rock Act (Group/duo)” should have particularly benign effects on the evolving music scene.

The winners:

Best Pop Song – Naino Sey by Sanjay Divecha

Best Rock Act (Group/duo)Motherjane

Most Mind Blowing Music Video – Vivek Rajagopalan’s video for Snake in the City (to see the video click here)

Best Genre Bending Track – Together again by Shaair and Func

This feels good, isnt it ?

In case you want to improve the ties between the countries of this region, you can start with this site:

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/101262

P.S. : Here is the cover of the album “Ports of Lima” by Indonesian band Sore, which won “Best Album/ EP cover of the year”. Photoshop freaks who design the album covers of our bands and are fixated with B grade horror flicks, could learn a few things. Could.

Ports of Lima

04
Mar
09

Murphy’s Law – Another Vertigo Rush

 

             Murphy’s Law states “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.”

 

             Is it the chords?? Or the guitar tones?? Barring few bands, everytime I listen to a song by an Indian band, the first reaction is, “Hey..the guitar sounds like that band we heard live last week..in that pub..you know..the one with exorbitant prices..” Its distinctly Indian..which should be a good thing…only that it isn’t….

 

            Offering the album for free download is bold. An album which is better than a collection of “misjudged musical arrangements mistakenly assumed to be experimentation” (read Scribe’s Confect) makes this gesture even more laudable. Another Vertigo Rush sounds like a band who has already made it. The production is at par with any other studio album by a major label. In fact, the intelligent use of production is one of the freshest things in this album.

 

            While listening to the Murphy’s Law, if suddenly you remember the now forgotten “Significant Other” by Limp Bizkit, no one can blame you. Consciously or not, Akhil Sood’s guitar playing and Viraj Mohan’s vocal delivery do sound inspired by Wes Borland and Fred Durst (but with far better lyrics than Durst ever could). But it has become so uncool now to get inspired by Limp Bizkit.

 

            Om is the song which is regarded as their signature sound. The nomination of the song in the Best Rock Song Category at AVIMA 2009 should put all criticisms at rest. Well..as it turns out, there are better songs than Om in the album. Drop, The Vibe and Anger Management are songs which are better composed and fresher sounding than Om. Nikhil Rufus Raj’s bass sounds cannot be overlooked. They sound melodic and heavy. And it’s little doubt that Akshat Nauriyal and his drums are the reasons for their energy.

 

            The two experiments “Connect” and “Disconnect” do sound unlike anything we have heard, but one must remember, experiments which don’t end in fruitful results are called failures.

 

            This album is less of an album, but more of a glimpse of the interesting things which we can expect from Another Vertigo Rush. They do sound different. And keep a close watch on these guys. You might as well get rewarded. Musically.

 

Murphy’s Law by Another Vertigo Rush: 3/5

 

You can download the album here   Myspace

album art


 

10
Feb
09

Channel V Launchpad III

  The most promising and talked about stage for Indian Rock bands is on a weird road this year.

   Why weird?…Because of the bands….Of course it will be idiotic to expect a superfuzz..sorry..indigo children to delight every time…but the bands may be indie..but the sounds are…for lack of a better word “safe”….

    In the first round, all the bands were asked to do covers….ummmm why? As it is, originals (though catching up) are a rarity..and to decide a fate of a band on covers is unfair and inaccurate…many great bands in the world sucked at covers…it cant be a basis of judgement…it was flawed at the very beginning…

     And the bands who are left: Faridkot, Cassini’s Division, Reverse Polarity, Workshop and The Circus. 

     People are putting their money on Cassini’s Division. Frankly, they sound a bit clueless. Faridkot scores cause of the language. Whatever be the music, the use of vernacular language will make it sound like they are different than the rest. 

      Out of these five, I would like to see The Circus to be the winner. Surely, their sound is not something which we have not heard before, but at least they know what they are doing and the fans enjoy what they are doing.

      The problem which persists is..the bands do not instill confidence in us. May be its my problem, so I better stop here.

24
Jan
09

FUCK YOU PUNE

 What the fuck were they thinking? Any foreign band play in the country and expect a Megadeth or Iron Maiden…fucking grow up….

 The Black Lips with enough Indie credentials played in Pune..at the Campus Rock Idols..and they were pelted with plastic bottles…How immature can that be?

 And we are claiming that we are opening up to new sounds…no we dont…no we fucking dont…

We are open to new bands playing the old fucked up, unoriginal sound…not to new bands playing new sounds…

Fuck You Pune!!!!…keep listening to whatever you want..keep wearing fucking tee shirts of painted skulls with a good amount of blood or a venomous snake….and may be we wil again get complete assholes like Wyclef Jean and Jay Sean performing at the Hard Rock Cafe of the city..cos if its some other band…your fucked up ears wont understand that…

Wannabes and show offs galore…

21
Jan
09

The Demonstealer Interview

 OK..so this is how I am breaking the news. I took an interview with  Demonstealer  …yes..the same music extraordinaire whose Demonic Resurrection and solo albums have inflicted sonic assaults on the Indian Rock scene. This was an email interview…so no cross asking..no interfering…no arguing..honest replies from a man with honest music (especially the part about Radiohead 🙂 ).. I thought of using his real name..but Demonstealer sounds cooler..

Enjoy..

First of all, thanks for agreeing to this interview. And I am sure there are many among here who would like to know more about the band than what they see live. So first thing first. How did it all started?

 

Demonstealer: My pleasure. Well there is a long winding tale but I’ll keep to the point. Demonic Resurrection was my brainchild and I already had the name and I wanted to play the music that I was writing live (which was in around 1999/2000), so after much searching and even thoughts of going on stage with my PC as my band I met an old school friend of mine Prashant (Now Exhumation/Scribe) who joined me and along with him came Aditya & Yash (Both from Exhumation as well) and we sort of pieced together the 1st semblance of a line. A friend of mine Farhad filled the keyboardist slot and we played our 1st gig sans a bass player in April 2000. Even though we released our 1st effort after just 9months the 1st year of the band was filled with lineup changes till we finally settled on Nikita(Keys/Backing Vocals), Aditya (Bass), Yash (Drums) and myself (Vocals/Guitar). This lineup recorded the official release of the album Demonstealer in 2001. However the band fell apart sometime around 2002. So I found new members and resurrected the band in 2003. The lineup was Mephisto(Keys), Husain(Bass), Jp(Drums) and myself(Vocals/Guitars). This lineup recorded and released ‘A Darkness Descends’ after which Pradeep joined us as a lead guitarist. Once again trouble with the lineup continued when Jp left the band in 2006 and we started gigging with sessions drummers. We released an EP with me playing the drums in 2007 after which Viru joined DR as a drummer and Pradeep left the band only to be replaced by Daniel and this is the lineup that is recording the new album. So thats the whole story.

 

Every band has a different way of composing. Some write the lyrics first and give proper soundtrack to it. Some try to jam first. And then when they feel its sounding good, they try to capture the feelings in words. How does Demonic Resurrection come up with the songs?

 

Demonstealer: Demonic Resurrection has never had a standard formula for writing songs but mostly I come up with riffs and ideas and then we jam on them. Sometimes Mephisto will write a song and bring it to the jam room and we will jam on it and re-structure it and everyone will add their parts to it.. But mostly we do work on the music 1st and then I write lyrics over that, however there are cases where I’ve worked the other way around. 

 

There is this feeling that these are heady times for Indian Rock. New bands are coming up, and the number of gigs have increased too. Whats your view on the current rock scene in the country?

 

Demonstealer: Well the scene overall is changing and growing, its hugely different and better than it was about 10 years ago when I got into it. But its only a matter of time that every genre has its own niche scene. Right now Metal is still piggy back riding on the local rock scene and with clubs like Blue Frog coming up they promote only a certain genre of independent music which segregates the scene but thats not always a bad thing. There are a lot more gigs happening which is great for bands so yeah the scene is growing and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

 

The greatest thing about the best bands is that they impress people from different genres. I mean bands like Radiohead, Prodigy or even White stripes get the same respect from alternative and metal fans. I personally is an Alternative guy. And your songs still impresses me. A lot. So how do you manage to do it? Is there a conscious effort to cross over?

 

Demonstealer: Actually to be very honest none of the above bands you mentioned impress me at all 😛 but yeah I do get what you mean, there is no conscious effort to make the music accessible or anything. I just writing the music I want to write and I guess its great to know that people like it even if they are not metal fans. 

 

Almost everyone knows the ordeals which an Indian Band has to face  compare to other mainstream artists. But since you are a veteran, you must have an inside view on this troubles. Whats your take?

 

Demonstealer: Well one has to deal with all the troubles otherwise there is no chance of success. I think this applies to all fields of life and as they say ‘when the going gets tough, the tough get going’. For Indian bands there are loads of problems right from venues to finances to parental pressure to marketing the music etc but a lot of improvements have happened over the years and even when these problems are gone there will be a fresh set of them to overcome. So I guess its all about sticking to your guns and working hard.

 

How do you think Indian Bands can finally break into the mainstream? Is there a way at all?

 

Demonstealer: There are plenty of Indian bands into the mainstream. All depends on what you mean by mainstream. Awareness and good marketing backed by solid music is what will eventually work.

 

About your solo project. I absolutely loved “And chaos will reign”. So why you decided to compose these songs alone rather than doing them with Demonic Resurrection?

 

Demonstealer: Doing a solo project is something I’ve always wanted to do and since I realized I had no solo album just solo songs I said lets do an album and so I went ahead and did it. Its also good beacuse its my own space and I get to do exactly what I want so it was a fun thing that I did. Most of the songs are good but I dont know how well they’d fit into the DR catalogue. I have plenty more music in me for DR anyway. 🙂

 

I read in Rave magazine, that Demonstealer Records is basically a heaven for metal bands. But they are also open to bands from other genre. Is it true?

 

Demonstealer: Honestly people have a distorted image of the label. To begin with its just me running the whole thing. Having said that I guess we are the only label for extreme metal so bands would want to be on it and while I like other genre’s of music I wont sign any on DSR except my own because honestly there are enough labels for other genres but there is nothing for metal bands.

 

Finally..whats in the offing from Demonic Resurrection and Demonstealer?

 

Demonstealer: Demonic Resurrection is busy recording album #3 titled Returning To Darkness which should be out by May or June. I was hoping to do another Demonstealer album in June as well and release it on the 19th which is the same date I released last years album which happens to be my birthday so hopefully I can do that as well.

 

Thanks again for this interview. I hope your fans will have better idea now of Demonstealer. And best of luck for the upcoming Opeth concert.

 

Demonstealer: Thanks for the interview!

 




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