The big band theory

Ahead of World Music Day, we find out about new upcoming albums by South India’s hottest acts. Time to rock on!

Published: 15th June 2018 05:17 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th June 2018 05:17 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

Ahead of World Music Day, we find out about new upcoming albums by South India’s hottest acts. Time to rock on!

Black Letters
The latest fad among indie outfits is to release new singles every month across platforms like YouTube. Basically, churning out new fodder for a content-hungry generation. But this Kochi-origin alternative/electronica band, is going against the grain.

“We have nine new tunes and intend to release them all on our yet-to-be-titled second artiste album,” says drummer Akash Chacko. The 26-year-old explains that the quartet — also featuring Sharath Narayan, Sarang Menon, and Arjun Radhakrishnan—recently started a community-based independent label, Overfeed Records. Akash explains that the idea behind this initiative is to help emerging bands get a foothold in the music industry’s door.

Art rockers would be an apt term to describe Fort Kochi-based Olam (meaning waves), quite literally. Bred in a residency programme within Uru Art Harbour—a gallery space by Kochi Muziris Biennale’s co-founder Riyas Komu—this four-piece instrumental outfit’s work is a synthesis of musical elements like psychedelic textures arranged into unconventional structures and visual art. “Movies are a common passion of the band and currently we’re creating visuals for live sets that resonate with our seven songs. We’re also exploring recording options including an experimental approach of doing it within Uru,” says Arun Kumar, speaking for his bandmates Syam Pai, Ajoy Jose, and Manu Ajayan.

Instead of releasing all songs of their new album, Hash, at once, this three-year-old Chennai-based acoustic alternative band will release each of them individually in consecutive weeks, starting with I’m Alright, an impressive fast-paced groovy track. “We have recorded 12 songs for this album, out of which we will be releasing seven, two of which will have music videos too,” says lead vocalist and guitarist Ritesh Dharmaraj, adding, “These are a bunch of feel-good romantic songs that attempt to show the good and bad side of love.” Expect the next audio track to be out next week, and the music video of I’m Alright the week after that.

Rock Paper Scissors
There’s something about teenage angst that creates whole generations of music. So, it isn’t out of the ordinary when 22-year-old Thushar Mathur tells us that his band, Coimbatore-based Rock Paper Scissors’ first EP, Listen to Me, dealt the theme of breaking free from their perfectly scripted life. The bluesy guitar tone characterises their six-song EP. “When you think of people trying to break out of the mould you think of heavy, slightly angry music. While we do have powerful riffs, our sound is characterised by something lighter,” shares Thushar. The three-member band also blends in rock elements to give their sound a variation.

Hyderabad-based Adavi is known to be one of the niche rock ’n’ roll bands in the South, who aim to use music as a powerful tool to express their thoughts. Their debut album, Bandeera, aims to explore topics such as politics, women and friendship. “All our songs have causes and a way to deal with them,” says Sravya Kothalanka, singer-songwriter of the band. They plan to release the album in July and also do a tour.

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