On a lazy, apathetic Sunday afternoon, I was casually going through my Facebook page, when I saw a post by What’s The Scene giving a list of events to be held that day. The one event that caught my eye was the “Battle of Bands”, to be held at Doff. Half an hour later, I was on a bus on my way to Indiranagar. To my dismay and subsequent frustration, I found out that I had made a mistake, and the event was actually being held at Cirrus, and Doff was hosting the pre-album launch of alternative rock debutantes, Parvaaz, which was something I was not looking forward to hear, on a day when I wanted to vent a week’s worth of professional frustration, with some good old fashioned metal thrashing madness, but I decided to stay
As the band progressed with their sound check, I caught glimpses of what was to be an evening of consciousness-expanding insanity, contributed to a large extent by the venue. With an extremely trippy feel, the venue had a bar at the back, with bar tenders hospitably catering to the crowd, with exquisite food. The lighting was extremely dim, providing an extremely psychedelic vibe, built for music enthusiasts, especially fans of the psychedelic rock-blues genre, but the icing on the cake was the lawn area, which offered a beautiful view of the city.
Sachin (drummer) was brilliant, with respect to his sense of music. He did not mutilate the feel of the song with fast drum rolls or machine gun blast beats, but kept the groove going, with his slow rhythm sections and the occasional complex fills, which was what was needed. Fidel (bass) also did justice to the sound, with his thumping bass lines. Kashif was amazing, with his delightful guitar solos which takes you all the way to the moon, but the superstar of the night was Khalid. Calling him the lovechild of Robert Plant and Nusrat Fateh Ai Khan, is completely justifiable, with his vocal acrobatics and extreme passion. One should note, the feel he puts in his vocals. He does not make the song sound over-rehearsed, nor under prepared. Just watching him close his eyes and unleash the monster within, is a treat in its own measure. His diction was perfect.
Watching these guys perform, gave me a feeling of inner peace and tranquility, something which was very alien to me. It is good enough reason for me, to go and watch these guys release their debut E.P at Counter Culture on the 13th of July. It is safe to say, that this band will go places, considering the high level of performance, in their embryonic stages. Alcohol did affect my judgement, and a few people reading this interview, might write me off as a fanboy who likes getting high at concerts, without paying attention to the critical aspect of the performance. My message to all these people……..”Try saying the words ’Justin Bieber’ 10 times, without frowning”………it’s hard, isn’t it??????
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