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5 INDIAN POST ROCK BANDS YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO NOT KNOW

Considering that it’s no longer the 80’s and mainstream music is increasingly dominated by autotune and. Well, not much else, its nice to see interest in the niche genres of progressive rock and more recently, post-rock. If the term has brought Mogwai and Sigus Ros to mind, you’ve just proven post-rock’s entry into popular taste. However, though indie music from India has began to make a mark on the global consciousness , post rock from this fair land of ours is still downplayed, even in the local circles. So, for all the post-rock aficionados out there, we attempt to highlight some rather promising weavers of tunes that make for excellent ‘highs’ and daydreams. 

• Space Behind the Yellow Room : A Bangalore based post-rock outfit that creates music which overlays complex instrumentation with dialled-down vocals that prove more ambient than leading. They’ve gathered a growing following and are one of the most well-spoken of names in the city. Consisting of Shoumik Biswas on Drums and Vocals, Devasheesh Sharma on Guitar, Nihar Apte on Guitar and Vocals and Tushar Ganguly on Bass, the band is set to make a significant difference in the perception of the genre in India. 

• Until We Last : Until We Last is a post-rock band started in 2011 by Ketan Bahirat. It was originally started a one man bedroom project. In October 2011, a full line-up of the band came together to work on writing new material as well as playing live. December 2012 marked the start of Until We Last as a full time band. They are currently writing music for a LP record stated to be released by early 2014. Their music is incredibly expressionistic and an immediate fit for wistful cinematography ( think ‘Hana and Alice’).

• As We Keep Searching : These guys certainly made a mark with the release of the their debut album Growing suspicions in February of this year, not simply because of the extended slices of sound crafted into loop-and-break sequences, but, and this is a first, hindi lyrics which work perfectly in tandem with the music. If they keep walking the same path of carefully concocted quality, Ahmedabad-based guitarist Uddipan Samrah, drummer Ashwin Naidu, keyboardist Shawn Gurung will certainly be among the names to look out for. 

• Lounge Pirhana : Bangalore based, this outfit chooses to toy around with boundaries between alternative and post-rock . After having had their debut album Going Nowhere rated No. 4 by Rolling Stone India in 2008, they have been engaged mostly in touring and lives. Nonetheless, we’d like to rate them as one of the bands we’d most like to hear from again. With new material. 

• Mushroom Lake : Frankly, these guys are probably the best articulators of their own craft. According to them ( on Facebook) they compose, “ instrumental music with a heavy leaning towards post- rock mixed in a potion made of influences from psychedelic, alternative and other experimental genres. The core of the band’s music is based on an idea of vocal-less rhythms which build up the mood slowly and enable listeners to travel along with the grooves over sustained period of time. The moods of the band’s songs also evoke different emotions through which an extremely engrossed listener can move around. Woven with interlays of distorted sounds and effects- mellow as well as heavy scratchy leads, interestingly spreading improvisations and drop downs the music produces a trance like atmosphere.” And we agree. Mushroom Lake is certainly carving out a niche for itself and the genre it inhabits. Not that there aren’t moments that feel a tad repetitive, or even lazy, but they’re quick to recover to greener patches. 

And we’d love to know your picks for the best Indian post rock bands! Comment away!

Indian Ocean all ready to release their most talked about new album “Tandanu”
Venue : Crossword Kemps Corner at 5PM TODAY!
You can meet and greet them there!
To read more about this album and get to know about the band, you can read the June issue at : http://scorem.ag/1sU5wRb   High-res

Indian Ocean all ready to release their most talked about new album “Tandanu”

Venue : Crossword Kemps Corner at 5PM TODAY!

You can meet and greet them there!

To read more about this album and get to know about the band, you can read the June issue at : http://scorem.ag/1sU5wRb

A beautiful gem from the venerable Ustad Alla Rakha. Titled ‘Aaye Rut Sawan Ki’ , it is composed in the Madhuvanti Raga and in the Jhaptaal Tala. His voice is nothing less than an actual passage to the divine. There is nothing that will distract you from this almost enlightening musical experience. 
While we come across numerous releases in regional languages, Anushree Gupta and Sukanti Roy, who contitute Ashmaan are something special. They are a singer-sonwriter dup that create strangely unearthly soundscapes though incredibly harmonic yet unpredictable instrumentation and abstract lyrics which seek to capture the entirety of individual experience which can always expand to accomodate universal human notions. 

Read more on them here : https://www.oklisten.com/ashmaan

And you can listen to previews of their debut album ‘Ashmaan’ as well as support them by buying it here : https://www.oklisten.com/album/ashmaan?utm_content=bufferaa4a3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer
While we come across numerous releases in regional languages, Anushree Gupta and Sukanti Roy, who contitute Ashmaan are something special. They are a singer-sonwriter dup that create strangely unearthly soundscapes though incredibly harmonic yet unpredictable instrumentation and abstract lyrics which seek to capture the entirety of individual experience which can always expand to accomodate universal human notions. 
Read more on them here : https://www.oklisten.com/ashmaan
And you can listen to previews of their debut album ‘Ashmaan’ as well as support them by buying it here : https://www.oklisten.com/album/ashmaan?utm_content=bufferaa4a3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Ustad Alla Rakha’s Jugalbandi in Teen Taal with Ustad Zakir Hussain combines the passion of a storm with the precision of the first sunray of a summer dawn.  Hear the unmatched duo plumb the depths of musical divinity ; an unforgettable 15 minutes of sheer, effortless exhibition and internalisation of skill. 

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Come On (Sneak Peek Teaser)

Dualist Inquiry is going to make a lot of people extremely happy with the release of new EP ’ Natural Disasters’. But for those too impatient, here’s a little preview of one of the singles ’ Come On’ 
Enjoy! And yes, it sounds THAT good!
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Check out the new song “Free of Cost” from the Bollywood movie ‘Trip to Bhangarh’. 
As we had mentioned in an earlier article, the movie is about the strange and hainted occurences in Bhangarh Fort whch is actually qualified as one of the few haunted places by Indian newspapers. All visitors to the fort are actually greeted by a sign by the Archeological Survey of India which warns them to be careful and not stay in the premises after sundown. Any of you paranormal enthusiasts interested? If you are, we just hope you stay careful. 
"Free of Cost" is voiced and written by Manish Chaudhary. The film stars Suzanna Mukherjee, Vikram Kochar, Manish Choudhary, Rohit Chaudhury, Rachit Behl, Vidushi Mehra, Piyush Raina, Poonam Pandey and Sudheer Rikhari. The song isn’t particularly entertaining; seems rather hurriedly put together with some of the lyrics being a little laughable. Nonetheless, let us know what you think. 
Singer Songwriter Night feat. Clayton, Heather Andrews & Sidd Coutto @ blueFROG, Mumbai on 3rd September

Sidd Coutto is a songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He has been a part of numerous bands like Zero and Helga’s Fun Castle to Tough on Tobacco, Punk Ass Orifus, ViceVersa, Ankur and The Ghalat Family and Vir Das’ Alien Chutney. In 2011 he released his first solo album, Sunny Side Up.

Heather Andrews is a Mumbai based Singer-Songwriter from London. She began as a sound engineer in London University of Surrey and worked as an  assistant sound engineer in  Sphere Studios, writing and singing when she started recording her songs. She met Grammy winning Producer Narada Michael Walden (Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey) while there and was invited over to San Fransisco to record at his Tarpan Studios. 
In 2013 she wrote the score music for the film ‘The Rubicon’ released in 2014 and then moved to Mumbai. Currently, she is collaborating with Indian songwriters and performing solo in Mumbai. 


Clayton Hogermeer’s band Jukebox has been a staple of the blueFROG Bar Nights every Tuesday belting out lively old school covers. As a solo musician, Clayton draws influences from the ‘80 and the ’90s and is inspired by artists such as Dylan and Mumford and sons. His sets are a mix of folksy originals and popular covers. A favourite with the blueFROG crowd, one can often see him wandering around outside the club before a gig, with his guitar, serenading people and drawing them in.
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Singer Songwriter Night feat. Clayton, Heather Andrews & Sidd Coutto @ blueFROG, Mumbai on 3rd September
Sidd Coutto is a songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He has been a part of numerous bands like Zero and Helga’s Fun Castle to Tough on Tobacco, Punk Ass Orifus, ViceVersa, Ankur and The Ghalat Family and Vir Das’ Alien Chutney. In 2011 he released his first solo album, Sunny Side Up.
Heather Andrews is a Mumbai based Singer-Songwriter from London. She began as a sound engineer in London University of Surrey and worked as an  assistant sound engineer in  Sphere Studios, writing and singing when she started recording her songs. She met Grammy winning Producer Narada Michael Walden (Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey) while there and was invited over to San Fransisco to record at his Tarpan Studios. 
In 2013 she wrote the score music for the film ‘The Rubicon’ released in 2014 and then moved to Mumbai. Currently, she is collaborating with Indian songwriters and performing solo in Mumbai. 
Clayton Hogermeer’s band Jukebox has been a staple of the blueFROG Bar Nights every Tuesday belting out lively old school covers. As a solo musician, Clayton draws influences from the ‘80 and the ’90s and is inspired by artists such as Dylan and Mumford and sons. His sets are a mix of folksy originals and popular covers. A favourite with the blueFROG crowd, one can often see him wandering around outside the club before a gig, with his guitar, serenading people and drawing them in.
{ “name”:”Singer Songwriter Night”, “date”:”3rd Sept”, “ticket”: “http://www.bluefrog.co.in/events/singer-songwriter-night-feat-clayton-heather-andrews-sidd-coutto” }

Three years after the last Evanescence album, front-woman Amy Lee is back with a Electronica-laced track called ‘Push The Button’ which has no reminder of her goth-rock/nu-metal stint with the band.  The song is set to appear on Aftermath, the soundtrack of the movie War Story.