The Score Playlist is back! And we gave it a gritty reboot in the meanwhile, so remember, while this may not be the playlist you deserve, this is definitely the playlist you need.
This week we roped in Kunal and gave him a yellow rubber duckie to swim up the stream of modern indian music. An excerpt from his blog.
“Only thing that’s on my mind…is who’s gonna run this town tonight”
– Jay Z ft Rihanna and Kanye
So yes we are back. Not exactly with a bang, if you see the stats, but more like ‘hello, can we come in?’. After being cut out from the world for 16 days, taking a bike trip to Leh( Amey will be covering it so much better than I ever can), standing atop 17500 ft and being completely oblivious to what’s happening in the music scene (I didn’t even know there was something called the iTunes festival), I am back in Bombay ready for the grind and getting back to doing what I do best. Eat junk food!
I am just staring at the screen tapping the keys on the keyboard cause I have no idea what I want to write about. It’s because being ‘into the wild’ doesn’t help you when you want to come up with a topic to write on.
I have been trying to listen to new bands (well some are new to me). Some i liked and others not so much. So here’s a list of 5 bands you should definitely check out. The standards are all mine and you might not agree with me. But just give their music a listen and form your opinion!
1. Barefaced Liar
These guys from Delhi played a sound that could be termed as an amalgamation of classic rock and modern progressive sound. Which is not surprising considering their influences range from Led Zeppelin to Tool. While they may not have a sound that totally differentiates them from the crowd, they are very very good at the things they do.
And that may well help them progress. Because they know where their strengths lie and and play to that. They are not such a new band; they have been around since 2002 but due to on and off parting, it has not been smooth for them. Still over the last couple of years they have managed to remain consistent. They’ve been playing a lot of shows and recording their songs. The songs that got me hooked were ‘Glow‘ and ‘Out of My League‘ . Hopefully will do well over the next couple of years!
2. The Lightyears Explode
3. The Colour Compound
A new Bombay based band that cites ‘Incubus’ as one of the artists they like which in itself had me intrigued. I had the chance to watch them play at Hard Rock (watch this space next week for more coverage) and I was quite taken aback by the quality of their music.
They seem to play a mix of pop rock/alternative. The two vocalists, Rohan and Bradley, both have very different voices which lends a nice dimension to the vocals. Some of their songs that I particularly liked are ‘Keep it Together’, ‘Why’ and ‘Can’t Afford To Cry’. The band recently released an EP titled ‘ Sincerely Yours’. They make foot tapping jazz inspired music with as much aplomb as they create soulful ballads. I will wait for new songs from them. Maybe an ‘Incubus’ cover. You can check out their songs at Soundcloud.
2: Goddess Gagged
Do It Yourself. Every music magazine, blog or article that makes a list of bands that you should listen to, somehow NEVER include that one band you love a lot (please tell me this has happened to you too). So the last band on this list will be filled by you. You might have heard a great band that no one knows about. Or are too scared to talk about it, cause you will become a laughing stock if your friends don’t like their music. There is no need for me to validate the music that you listen to. If you have discovered a new band whose music speaks to you, then THAT is the band that you should listen to this 2011!
And maybe even we should.
– My Roots (Shaa’ir & Func)
Kunal Pawar lives in Bombay, plays Football on most days and hangs out with friends on the remaining days. Currently ‘Wasting Light’ is being played on loop.
He almost always is at a coffee shop (which is not such a good selling point actually). And he plans to start his own someday that will have a space for live music.
You can catch him ranting about music, girls and penalty kicks at http://aswethinkis.wordpress.com on Thursdays.