A classical-musician-turned guitarist, a self-made drummer with fingers trained on tabla, a western vocalist who started learning the ‘swaras’ of classical music, men at the helm of an alt-metal band, ‘Addiction Theory’ can’t be best introduced in another way. All have scaled themselves up from the learned way of doing things, when lead guitarist Vishnu Dev, a master in heavy music joined the team and made the co-members toe a different line. “We are ready to nurture the in-built talent in us. And that keeps us going, braving all challenges that came our way,” details vocalist-cum-manager Sajan Raj.
For long, they fought inconsistencies when members who were ready to stay firm in the band were hard to find. Then the families could not easily digest the choice of their sons, as five out of the seven members happened to be prospective engineers. Convincing parents, they bought drums and keyboard. So jamming is always happening at the home of drummer Remjath Sheriff in the evenings and weekends.
The band, about to turn a-year-old in July registered two wins in college fests recently — a first in Accentia 2014 and second in Wits 2014. As the name indicates, the ‘theorists’ have addiction towards perfection in every thing related to music. Having composed certain numbers on their own, they wish to release a composition in the band’s name, only when they themselves satisfied with their work. Their favourites are Chaos, Porcupine Tree, Lamb of God, Foo Fighters, Three Days Grace, Nirvana, Linkin Park and The Down Torredence.
Other members are Amith Prasad (vocals), Nithin Samuel (lead/rhythm Guitar), Balu Premjith (bass guitar) and Jaya Krishnan S (keys/programmer). They are students from Lourdes Matha College of Science and Technology, Sarabhai Institute of Science and Technology, Mar Baselios College of Engineering and Technology and Chand Academy in Thiruvananthapuram.