Lagori’s guitarist Geeth Vaz still has a post-performance afterglow, after playing at the NH7 Weekender at Pune. The five-member Bengaluru-based band had an audience of 20,000 swooning to their signature fusion music—a blend of rock and classical Indian melodies, with simple, feel-good Hindi lyrics that revolves around love, nature and the importance of living in the moment. “We chose fusion music as my fellow band members’ interests vary from punk music to pop and country. So it was essential we find a balance between all of it,” says Vaz.
Diversity doesn’t run in their music alone; when not performing, their professions are as varied. Vaz is an investment banker and charted accountant, acoustic guitarist Edward Rasquinha is an HR professional, drummer Vinyl Kumar works as a music instructor, bass guitarist Shalini Mohan is into animal welfare, and vocalist Tejas Shankar conducts private music sessions.
Three years ago, they released their eponymous album and its popular singles—like Boom Shankar and Aasma—are still on their set list. “Our most thrilling moment was when we preformed on top of the Lee showroom on Brigade Road (in 2013), overlooking the street. The street just stood still listening to us play,” remembers Vaz, adding, “Kochi is home to some wonderful and popular bands like Thaikkudam Bridge, which corroborates the growing fact that indie music is growing on par with music from the movie industry here.” The quintet is currently penning lyrics for their second album, due to release early next year.
At JTPAC on Sunday, ,from 7 pm. Tickets from `300 on bookmyshow.com