As with every year that passes us, 2015 promises us new horizons & dimensions to explore. But where do we start our quest? Surely, at home, because home is where the heart is, & also where the art is. Indian Bands have been thriving in the indie-rock scenarios while delivering the goods consistently. With some incredible improvisations & innovations, cliché is certainly not how you’ll describe their material. So here are a few select avant-garde acts from India which you should look forward to this new year.
With simple yet highly meaningful Hindi lyrics, Coshish is a Mumbai –based progressive rock band which was formed by vocalist/song-writer Mangesh Gandhi & guitarist Shrikant Shrinivasan. The band has gained solid acclaim & strong fan-base and have been performing regularly across the country.
A band which began primarily as a Rage Against The Machine cover band, Kochi-based Whitesugar elevated to another level when they released their original album : Sugar Rush. While throwing in some malayam lyrics in between & some improvised guitar riffs, they’ve got the western & south-indian blend mix perfectly. And it’s not just their songs, they are equal with their on-stage gimmickry, donning the famous ‘Indian Swamy’ costumes.
Sky Rabbit (formerly known as ’Medusa’) is a Mumbai-based electro-pop-rock group have created their own unique niche among their contemporaries. The band, more often than not, come up with a languid, lazy yet elegant tunes which simply makes you feel warm.
Chennai-based Skrat is a three-piece band of former engineering students who came together way back in 2006. They essentially play very energetic, in-your-face style alt-garage rock. Real tight drums, paired with strong, groovy riffs & bass is what Skrat’s music is characterized of.
The F-16s are an electro-alternative rock group from Chennai, that was formed in 2012. Heavily influenced by bands such as The Strokes & Arctic Monkeys, one can easily recognize their traits in the band’s music, which is a good mix of psychedelic , electronica & alternative rock.
There you have it then, these are our choices of Indian bands that we think you should keep an eye out for in the coming year. So, in the spirit of Smirnoff, be sure to mark your calendars with their whereabouts & try your best to catch them live.
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