IndieMarch 2016 - Day 1

IndieMarch was back bigger and better than ever! And Day 1 did not disappoint. I’ll be quite candid in admitting that I was looking forward to Colour Haze play live from the day I bought my tickets. But all the acts in the build up to the stellar set from Haze were fabulous. The F16’s have gotten a lot tighter in terms of their sound and stage presence since the last time I saw them at NH7. A few of the songs were new to me as I’ve not been keenly following the band, but this gig was their best that I’ve seen. Diarchy, one of the new acts I heard at the NH7 Weekender last year didn’t disappoint, barring a broken snare drum which cost them some time and caused some of the folks who were hearing them for the first time to walk away and check out the other acts. Probably a little more focus in terms of occupying such blank spaces could help this two-piece stoner rock outfit with their stage presence, something the likes of Amrit from Live Banned never had a problem with. That entire bit aside, what the band should probably take away was the fact that despite the technical glitch, Stefan Koglek from Colour Haze stayed and watched the band throughout their set.


F 16s

Diarchy

Stefan looks on as Diarchy plays




I caught the last song of AsWeKeepSearching, dressed in black (almost like techno DJs). As the sun set and we waited to check out the Manganiyar Seduction, we caught some of the songs from the gig by Parekh and Singh. At this point, all I can say is interesting sound and I’d like to check out some more songs of theirs before I can (or should) pass judgement. The Manganiyar Seduction, riveting as always, though lacking in terms of the energy that was there in the previous gig of theirs. 

AWKS

AWKS

AWKS

Parekh and Singh

Manganiyar Seduction
The penultimate act for the evening was by one of my favourite indie bands, Skrat. Another systematic high-energy set from the band… it’s almost second nature to them now. I’m yet to see them have an off-day.

Skrat

Skrat

Skrat

Finally, at a little past 8:30 in the evening, the band everyone who was at this festival was waiting to see took stage – Colour Haze. Playing songs from across their arsenal of albums, the band was one of the tightest I’ve seen. (German engineering I guess). Haze powered through an almost 90-minute set that left the crowd wanting more. I still can’t recollect how I came across this band a couple of years ago. And they weren’t on my list of must-see bands as such, but it was an absolute joy to watch them play live.

Colour Haze

Colour Haze

Colour Haze

Colour Haze

Colour Haze


Colour Haze

Gig Review: Indie March at Counter Culture – Day1

I really needed to get my head out of my office, and the evening at Counter Culture that boasted of 5 popular Indie rock bands doing the circuit was just what the doctor ordered. 

The evening begun with Space Behind the Yellow Room. I really enjoyed their set. This is the second time I am seeing them live and there’s a marked improvement in their stage presence. Devasheesh Sharma was extremely animated and kept the crowd riled up. Good work on vocals and drums by Shoumik Biswas, scope for improvement though. Tight act nonetheless.

Space Behind the Yellow Room

Space Behind the Yellow Room

Space Behind the Yellow Room

Space Behind the Yellow Room

The second band for the evening was the ambient/post rock outfit Until We Last. While the crowd enjoyed their set, I’m personally not a fan of the genre. This is the second time I’m seeing the band, I still don’t get it. Think of it like Tom Hanks in Big. So I’ll leave it at that.

Until We Last

Until We Last

Until We Last

Until We Last

Band number three was The F16s from Chennai who were brilliant. Loved the energy, the crowd did too. I had bought their EP Kaleidoscope some time last year and it was enjoyable. This being the first time I am seeing them, their live performance was something else altogether. Hope to see more of these guys.


The F16s

The F16s

The F16s

The F16s

The penultimate act for the evening was Skrat. I’ve said too many good things about this band. And that continues. Skrat was the most energetic act of the evening and had a packed house. If you saw the gig, you’d never have guessed that these guys have been touring for 3 days straight over India. How much more bada** can you get when your drummer (Tapas) breaks the bass pedal. They even had someone drive a motor cycle into the venue. Kudos as always!

Skrat
Skrat

Skrat

Skrat
Skrat

Amrit from Live Banned watches on

Skrat Crew awaits
The closing act was Parvaaz whose EP I really loved. This is the third time I am seeing the band play live and it was a bit of a letdown. With the energy levels set high by the previous act, I was hoping Parvaaz would blow the roof off. Having seen their gig at NH7 Weekender Pune, which was the best of the 3, I had high expectations. The band chose a mellow lounge type set list which didn’t do much for me.

Parvaaz

Parvaaz

Parvaaz

Parvaaz
Before I end the blog I have to say that I can’t believe the ridiculously high rates being charged by Counter Culture for pitiful servings of average food!!! 300 bucks for cheese balls? Seriously? 100 bucks for a bottle of mineral water? 100 bucks for a bottle of 7 Up? Manager fellows at Counter Culture, not cool at all. (PS: Even Blue Frog in Mumbai is less expensive)

Really?
The evening otherwise was fabulous. Skrat and the F16s blew the roof. I’m looking forward to the rest of the Indie March gigs. Hope you enjoyed the pictures.