Gig Review: Alien Chutney at Counter Culture, B’lore

Opening the evening for Alien Chutney was Michael Anthony Dias from Mad Orange Fireworks who pulled off a pretty tight acoustic set that had almost everyone in the house clapping along. Michael played a lot of his own compositions, the most popular being Corporate Bomb which got a lot of cheers from the crowd. As a preview to next week’s tribute gig by his band at the same venue, Michael played a very neat version of Pearl Jam’s Even Flow. As part of the encore, he played a Malayalam song, which he claimed his grandma taught him, which was a tribute to the recent moral tragedy of prohibition being imposed in the state of Kerala.

Michael Anthony Dias

Michael Anthony Dias

Packed house

Next up was Alien Chutney. The band is popular thanks to their front man - Vir Das. Vir took the stage with his acoustic guitar and began his routine pointing out how men and women perceive music differently. After having the crowd in splits, he brought on the rest of the band to run through the set. While a lot of the set was fairly unchanged from their NH7 gig in Pune last year, the impromptu comedy and interaction with folks in the crowd made all the difference. Singing happy birthday to folks, pulling the leg of an entrepreneur and nearly marrying off two people, the gig had it all.

Vir Das

Sidd Coutto

Sidd cracks up on stage at a joke

The band played songs like Say Naa, Delhi Girls, All You Happy People Please Fuck Off (phew, long name) and the closing number Man Boobs. Playing to a packed house, Alien Chutney closed their gig with We’re Up online to Get Lucky. 

Pozy Dhar clearly amused

Must hold devil's horns

Alien Chutney
Despite not having any new numbers, the band still sounded fresh as Vir Das was immaculate in judging the mood of the crowd and playing off the reaction the crowd gave him. It was one really entertaining evening.

Picture Credit in the Deccan Chronicle - 26th August 2014

Food Mood: Tim Tai