Posts Tagged ‘Indian Rock

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.

parachutexvi

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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.

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!

 

19
Jan
09

Jack Daniels Rock Awards

 It started out as a wonderful opportunity. I was having a close look…thinking..well who knows, may be we will see some surprises. Some obscure, yet unknown band will land up in the list..

 It wasn’t..

 All the nominees are those names which we already know.. Only a fool will say that they don’t deserve it..But it is really hard to imagine that there not enough good bands who have written better songs than them.

 But who am I to say anything? The rock music is still in such a nascent stage in this country that even a small effort (may be or may not be flawed) should be appreciated.

 If you want to vote follow this link..

http://jdrockawards.com/

 



14
Jan
09

Lavender Carnage

Punk is not dead… It reached its most global and innovative form with The Clash, then morphed into hard rock with the Black Flag and Husker Du, helped the Indie kids to play their guitar and was born again in 1991 through Nirvana (in case, you want to scream out “Grunge” …please see David Markey’s The Year Punk Broke).

Then came Greeday….

So where does a band who list themselves under “Punk/Pop Punk/Alternative” fit in this Punk tree with numerous branches? And what new can they offer?

A lot…as Lavender Carnage did in their songs. Punk rock is generally treated as absolute anarchy..or soundtracks of OC. This band from Delhi is bringing more out of it. Without doubt, the song which could be their finest (till date) is “In Love With You”. The chord progressions are cool and pretty unheard of. And Srijan Sen’s voice engages the audience.

The songs like “Longest Road” , “Screaming for life” are songs about you and me. So whoever has written the words, he is an observer.

The Trio Concept of Punk Rock is used to the maximum here…Vaibhav Bakshi’s bass moves with the mood..more than defining the songs, the bass here is used to add layers. Drums are always an integral part of Punk Rock and Akhil Saluja delivers the energy and rhythm. The rhythm section is as strong as one can ask for.

And one cannot miss the “Arena readiness” of the songs. The songs, consiously or not will be good hit in large space with large audience. May be thats why within half an year they have performed at so many venues and winning audiences over.

Though experimentation level is low, we must remember that this is a relatively new band. They have a long way to go…And a good band always inflict surprises!!!

Punk is not dead…as long as adolescence is not dead…as long as raw power is not dead..as long as bands who prefer honest words are not dead… Punk will live and breathe into our lives..

http://www.myspace.com/lavendercarnage

lavender carnage

08
Oct
08

Demonstealer – And Chaos will Reign

 

    Surprised…… 

 

Good things first…. Demonstealer knows his genre…not a single wasted note..or a single wasted minute… The songs are tight, the production is flawless…

Definitely something original from a metal band… Here is a guy who is not among the countless wannabes you see in a College Fest… He is really devoted to this kind of thrashy, edgy, highly distorted music… and like I said earlier in a review…when a band believes in its aspirations it shows… 

 

If I have to select the best track… it will be “And there is a calm before every storm”.. unlike anything you heard in the metal scene for a while…this song sounds like a storm building up…and the line “Destiny deceived us all” is the icing on the cake… brilliant.. 

 

Tracks like “Seething Pain that leaves no scar” and “In Desolation A Prayer” are standard metal songs that are way better than any Bhayanak Maut track ( I compared them to Bhayanak Maut cause metal heads remarked that they are the best metal band presently…in our country of course..) 

 

Now the complaints…a couple…so hear me out.. 

 

Firstly, the vocals…now I know these are metal songs..but the words seem muffled in many places…may be deliberately been done.. but still…its really hard to relate when the words are not audible..and unless one relates…there’s no repeat playing… 

 

Secondly, he has already crafted good metal songs with his band…when he is going solo…I was hoping that the music will be different from the normal stuff…And that’s why I just love the first track…It showed huge promise….sounded like those early goth albums from the 80s which are sorely missed now… 

 

Definitely an album to listen to and appreciate..and if you are a metalhead…it should be a no-brainer decision for you…

 Final Score : 3.9/5

http://www.last.fm/music/Demonstealer/…And+Chaos+Will+Reign…

 

Album Cover Art

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07
Oct
08

microfiches

well…time for some selfish self-promotion…not really..

this blog is about Indian Rock bands..so thought should put up a link of my band too…cant really comment on our music..its the job for those who are reading this…

the band’s name is microfiches..check out the myspace page..there are a couple of videos too..fingers crossed..

http://www.myspace.com/microficheshome




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