Being CounterCulture

I have held back on writing this piece thus far only to allow emotion to settle down. For when something that you’ve grown to love, cherish, be attached to disappears, what do you do but mourn. For many of us – and not just in Bangalore – CounterCulture was a very special place. We made…

Blazing Torche

For all the excellence of Torche’s previous works, ‘Restarter’ is in my opinion its best yet. It is certainly the most played album of the year in my ears but without slipping into overplayed territory.

Finding Answers?

What next? is a question that constantly raises – as a need rather than as bored luxury – its head to push development; be it technology, art, adventure, evolution (where do you think the X-men came from?). I’ve never understood the genre of music called post-rock, not so much the music but the name itself….

Two Gigs

Bangalore’s weather blessing is a thing of the past although it’s still a lot better than most of our other big cities. No, what really gets me kicked about this place is the number of Indie music gigs that happen every week. Even so, last Saturday was a particularly long concert day. I’m sure there…

Defiant Undefined

The only thing definite about Hoirong is the band’s refusal to have its music defined. Ambient, noise-rock, punk, art-rock, post-rock, lo-fi…whatever it is, it’s been high-fives all round for its 2014 release “Dandaniya Apradh”. In its demand to stretch your known understanding of musicality, it holds something in common with “To Be Kind” by Swans…

Royally Skr*#

Skrat caught a lot of notice with their highly acclaimed sophomore effort “Bring Out The Big Guns”. A little under 2 years later, the band’s back with its third album, “The Queen”. Right from the swirling start of the opening track “Machete” you know that this powerhouse punk trio is dishing out something special. Just…

Sound Porn?

This came by second half of November, something I along with many others helped Kickstart a few months back. After much fanfare and quite divisive (and some derisive) commentary, the Pono – how I hate that name even if it gives me a title for this post – music player created by Neil Young’s company…

Highway to Happiness On The NH7

“Are you going alone?” I can’t help but smile at that question flicked at me by curiosity. I’m in the company of strangers seated in the confines of a bus organised to lead people to the ‘happiest music festival’. Strangers they may be, but it’s so easy to strike a conversation with any of them….

Winding Up

It’s not rock, not metal, not Indie, not EDM, not rap, not hip-hop, not alternative (to what I wonder), nor even proto-punk (whatever that might be). It was not on the year-end ‘best music’ lists that a million people compulsively churn out. Which is a pity. Martynas Levickis’s self-titled album should be heard by many,…