Rockers Galeej Gurus will perform live at Mount Carmel College on February 11 at 7pm. The band will be headlining the annual cultural fest Cul-ah 2012. The Galeej Gurus are a band that believes in exploring music and also to have as much fun as possible doing it.
They have been on the circuit since 2000 and have played over 500 gigs within and outside the country. After over ten years of touring and performing, the Galeej Gurus are working towards the release of their debut album in 2012.
The band believes that their music genre can’t be classified. However critics have classified the band’s music as Indie, along with a host of other genres such as alternative, funk, and blues-rock. In the music of The Galeej Gurus, one can see such diverse influences as Led Zeppelin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eric Clapton, Steve Vai and Deep Purple. Also, the band’s acclaimed originals include such popular numbers as Full Meals by the Wayside, Believe in Tomorrow, High Above, Better When Blown, Make Some Noise, Physiological Breakdown and several others.
Nathan Lee Harris — singer /lyricist: The voice of the band, Nathan was the Galeej Gurus’ original drummer. After juggling between the sticks and his vocal chords for nearly six years, he is now the band’s frontman. He has proven his worth as a good showman and has crowds delighted with his wacky, witty and wild showmanship on stage. His influences include RHCP, Gun ‘n’ Roses, Bon Jovi, Prince and Robbie Williams.
Matthew Harris — bass guitarist: A thoroughly experimental bassist, Matthew has been teasing the lower octaves for around 10 years now, and is the backbone of the band. Being a fan of rock and modern guitar funk, most of the Galeej riffs and runs originate from him and his constant concern is finding new ways to
present Galeej compositions.
Ananth Menon — guitarist/ vocalist: Along with Nathan and Matthew, Ananth is the band’s third founding member. He has been playing the six strings for more than eight years, and is particularly fascinated with the blues. He enjoys all sorts of music and has even been briefly involved with commercial Tamil and Telugu cinema music . He draws influences primarily from the blues and rock and roll era, although he is also an avid listener of Indian classical music.
Naveen Thomas Joseph — guitarist: Generally acknowledged as the most technically proficient and savvy musician in the band, Naveen has played with the popular Chennai band Molotov Cocktail and Bangalore - based Parousia. He has a reputation as one of the finest guitarists in Bangalore city and is heavily influenced by progressive rock, Jazz Fusion
and Funk music domains.
His influences include: Dream Theater, T.O.P, Symphony X, Iona, Killswitch Engage, Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, Muse, Pain of Salvation, Pearl Jam, Porcupine Tree, Steely Dan, Sting, Tool, Toto, Tommy Emmanuel, Steve Vai, Lee Ritenour, Steve Lukather, Nuno Bettencourt, etc.
Kishan Balaji — drums: Kishan is influenced by a wide range of music and he particularly appreciates the idea of free style improvisation. A full time musician by occupation, he is also the drummer for the popular bands Caesar’s Palace, Bhoomi and Extinct Reflections. His jazz influences play a big role in his technique on the skins.