Ambient Rock Bands – Part 2

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Here are some more bands that we really think are worth checking out. Find more awesome bands in Part 1 of this series.

Celestial Teapot

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In their own words, Celestial Teapot is an antithesis to a capella. The description is certainly one that fits, with the awesome Pune based instrumental quartet making some great music over the past year which all culminated in the release of their stellar debut album, ‘One Big Sky’. Full of heavy riffs and melodic progressions, this record serves as an emphatic statement about both this band’s as well as the instrumental rock scene’s enormous potential.

Check out the interview we did with CT.

Until We Last

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When it started off five years ago, Until We Last was a one man bedroom project started by the immensely talented Ketan Bahirat, otherwise known as the electronic music producer Oceantied. Now, several additions and a kickass debut EP ‘Earthgazing’ later, the Bangalore based act is truly making waves in the circuit with their brand of music. One listen to Earthgazing and it is clear why Until We Last has been billed by many as one of the most promising acts in the country’s post rock scene.

Mushroom Lake

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Mushroom Lake is one act that gives you everything it promises – a substantial high with a lot more where it came from. Based out of Kerala, this five man band has been around for a long time making them one of the first psychedelic/post rock acts in the indie scene. And their debut album (which was recorded live) definitely showcases why there can never be enough of their music out there.

Space Behind The Yellow Room

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All that you need to know about this peculiarly named band can be found on their debut album ‘Conversations that Determine a Life’. Versatile, unpredictable and genre-defying, Space Behind The Yellow Room is truly a beauty to behold when in full flow. It really doesn’t take a lot of ‘Beautiful Repetition’ of their tracks to make them teach you how to dance.

Cat Kamikazee

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An act fresh in the scene, Cat Kamikazee might be just over half a year old, but they surely have hit the ground running. With three tight singles out already, this Pune based quartet is definitely one to keep an eye out for over the coming few months. They show great promise.

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Ambient Rock Bands – Part 1

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The Indian independent scene has seen the emergence of a lot of new genres. Instrumental and ambient rock bands are one of the relatively newer trends. There’s a lot of talented acts out there that make some fantastic music. In this two part article, we bring to you a few acts, in no particular order, that have caught our attention and undoubtedly deserve yours.

 

Farfetch’d

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Based out of Bangalore, Farfetch’d started out as Akash Murthy’s bedroom project which eventually evolved into a three piece band post the inclusion of Siddharth S on bass and Vinall Blaze on drums after the making of the act’s debut album, The Alchemist. A true masterpiece of an album that hooks you right from the first note, The Alchemist makes for a great atmospheric experience that simply cannot be described in words. The numerous elements, both live as well as electronic, combine masterfully to create soundscapes that only a few albums can match. With a complete lineup and more great stuff in the pipeline, we simply cannot wait to see what they have in store for us.

aswekeepsearching

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  • Based out of Ahmedabad – Check
  • Post Rock – Check
  • Hindi Vocals – Check

Whether it be the band’s love for lowercase letters or the combination of the points mentioned above, everything about aswekeepsearching seems to be a breath of fresh air. Founded in 2013, the band comprising of Uddipan Sarmah on vocals and guitar, Shubham Gurung on guitar and keys, Bob Alex on bass and Gautam Deb on drums has quickly made its mark on the international post rock scene having toured Russia already. And with a debut album, Khwaab, like theirs, one can understand why. Filled with haunting vocals, surreal guitar pieces, driving basslines and energetic drumming sequences, this is an album that any music fan must listen to.

A Mutual Question

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Another band that started out in 2013, this Mumbai based act consisting of Siddharth Chopra and Proteesh Ravi on guitar, Homi Rustumji on bass and Aviraj Kumar on drums is one that believes in creating an audio-visual experience through the amalgamation of diverse forms of music. And they surely are experts in doing just that. Having released two EPs so far, Eyes Everywhere and Strangeloop, A Mutual Question exhibits their versatility over the course of their discography by incorporating everything from electronic elements to metal worthy drumming patterns. This is one act that everyone should definitely keep an eye out for.

 

Zokova

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A post rock project from New Delhi made up of Ritwik De, Amar Pandey and Suyash Gabriel, Zokova is an act that is really worth checking out. They made their presence known by releasing a series of interlinked songs that highlighted the various emotions one went through on a daily basis but more often than not, failed to acknowledge. It makes for a compelling tale that really showcases the band’s immense potential and is a must listen. They have recently released a music video and are working on a variety of new material.

 

Ioish

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And finally we have another post rock act based out of New Delhi. With Vaibhav Bhutani on guitar, Abhinav Chaudhary on bass and Anshull Lall on drums, Ioish (Eye-o-ish) is an act that has really made it’s mark on the Indian post rock scene, which is particularly impressive since they only recently released their debut EP We Move the Sky. An EP that is as soothing as much as it is heavy, Ioish kills it with this release and have found instant fans in us.

 

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I guess the purpose of this article is self explanatory. Here’s some stuff that have recently been released or will shortly be released that you should check out:-

Released:

  • Pune based post rock outfit Celestial Teapot released their debut album ‘One Big Sky’ on the 4th of December. Available for streaming and purchase on Bandcamp, this masterpiece of an album is something every fan of instrumental rock should check out. It can also be purchased on OK Listen!.
  • In further good news for post rock fans, Delhi based band Ioish (Eye-o-ish) also released their EP ‘We Move the Sky’ on the 20th January. Available for free streaming on Soundcloud, the album is another testament to the growing post rock scene in India. Really worth checking out. The album can be purchased on iTunes.
  • Renowned composer Karsh Kale released his album ‘Up’ on the 29th of January. This chart topper (enough said) is available for streaming on Apple Music and Bandcamp. You can also purchase it on iTunes.
  • Bangalore based emerging DJ and designer Shaan Shiv Suleman released ‘Calculated Risks’ EP on the 17th of January and ‘The importance of misunderstandings’ EP on the 7th of Februrary. Definitely worth a listen if you’re into trip hop and glitch. Available on Bandcamp and Soundcloud.
  • Independent record label Consolidate released it’s first album, ‘FRNDS & FMLY ‘16’, a compilation of songs by various electronic artists across the indie circuit like founders _RHL and Aniruddh Menon of the erstwhile Machli, on the 27th of January. This compilation has a bit of something for everyone and is definitely worth checking out if you want to get a glimpse of the talent producing music for a vast catalogue of electronic sub genres. Available on Bandcamp and Soundcloud.
  • Mumbai based electronic artist Kumail released his third EP ‘Links’ on the 6th of Feburary. Fresh and filled with vibe, this EP contains a song featuring Sandunes, with a bonus track with Ox7gen coming shortly. Do check it out.
  • “The Circus” released their third album ‘With Love’, after a gap of three years, on the 2nd of March. The Delhi based rock band is known for frequently experimenting with their sound, and this album does not disappoint. Listen to ‘With Love’ on GQ India.

Releasing:

  • The release of Lead Feet Paper Shoes, Spud in the Box’s eagerly awaited debut album is just around the corner. The album seems to be in the final mixing stages so it shouldn’t be long before we hear an announcement by the band.

 

Here are some upcoming gigs:

  • Head over to Blue FROG Mumbai on the 5th of March to catch Nucleya and the one and only Baba Sehgal performing for what is going to be the last event of the Stage42 festival this year. Tickets are priced at 1000 bucks a piece.
  • Be sure to check out the semi-finals of Bandcubator at The High Spirits, Pune on the 6th of March if you’re looking to have a great weekend with some awesome music. Eden, Skylight Vision, A Mutual Question, Unohu and Silver are all going to duke it out for a spot in the finals. Entry is a measly 100 bucks per head, payable at the venue.
  • This one is a feast for metalheads. Metal Assault, taking place on the 6th of March in Bangalore, will feature Kryptos, Demonic Resurrection, Undying Inc., The Down Troddence, Chaos and Inner Sanctum. With so many powerhouses under one roof, you can be sure that your neck will be sore after all that headbanging. Tickets can be bought via Bookmyshow.
  • Lucid Recess and Aberrant perform at the Underdoggs Sports Bar & Grill, Guwahati on the 11th of March along with five other bands to mark the city finals of the Converse Rubber Tracks event. RSVP to enter.
  • Sky Rabbit headlines the Converse Rubber Tracks city finals at The High Spirits, Pune on the 12th of March. The event will also feature five other talented bands from Pune who will be announced shortly. You can also vote for your favourites from the city. Again, entry is free. Simply RSVP here.
  • Indie March, one of the biggest music fests in India, takes place on the 19th and 20th of this month. With the event promising to showcase over 30+ artists from across the globe, it is one event that any music fan shouldn’t miss.
  • Punk Rock night with ennui.BOMB takes place on the 22nd of March at the Blue FROG Mumbai. Entry is free so go and have a great time bringing out the rebel in you.Thank you for reading! If you want to talk about a band you love, or a band you think everyone should know about, please leave a comment or send in your mails to indiebullhorn@gmail.com. You can also mail us if you have any articles you’d like to send. To see more cool stuff like interviews, album reviews, release updates and lots more, stay tuned. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.