We racked our brains for days to come with this list of 25 of our favourite songs released by Indian indepedent artists in 2013, from rock, jazz, electronica, fusion, experimental, and so forth. Point us to all the songs we've missed out on.
It’s been a good year for young bands, with crowds far more receptive to new artists – young and old alike – and promoters also taking punts on these new bands. Plus, with the internet and Bandcamp and Soundcloud allowing anyone with an internet connection to upload new music, the opportunities for musicians to be heard, reach out, and get attention have naturally increased. So yeah, it’s not all gloomy, even if the weather here in Delhi really is.
Though 2013 abounded in gigs, it was a pretty low-key year for Indian metal bands as far as album releases went. Quite a few promised albums never dropped for various reasons, the ones that did oscillated between ho-hum and downright unlistenable, and much of the year was given to bitching and moaning about the state of the scene. It wasn’t all that bleak, however; there were a few notable releases that made the top lists this year.
The Mumbai duo, Madboy/Mink, have been making generating quite a buzz with their eclectic music and engaging and energetic live sets. We had a short chat with the band about their music and their identity, among other things.
Delhi's Barefaced Liar have made a name for themselves with their indelibly catchy modern-rock vibe, keenly intertwined with a degree of virtuosity. The band is currently in the process of working towards releasing their second album in the next couple of months, while also gigging heavily. We chat with them about the new album, opening for Hoobastank, what the future holds, and their songwriting process, among other things.
Street Stories, the very energetic indie/pop-punk three-piece from Shillong, have released their new single, called ‘Stuck in Today’ with RSJ. The song has been recorded and produced at Element Indie Records, Dimapur. We chat with the guys about what the song is about, and what their future plans are. Scroll down to check out the song.
Nischay Parekh has quickly garnered a large fanbase following the release of his debut record, Ocean, an optimistic and pleasant collection of delightful pop tunes driven forth by a perceptive aesthetic of melody, dynamics, and progression. We caught up with the singer, multi-instrumentalist, and composer for a short chat about his songwriting, the process of setting up a tent in his room during recording, and current and future plans.
Vasuda Sharma’s debut record, Attuned Spirits, is an amalgamation of western and traditional Indian classical sounds, with an underlying aesthetic of exploration and experimentation that lends it a clear direction. Collaborations feature heavily on the album, yet the continuity of her vision springs forth at every juncture. Vishad Sharma speaks to her about writing for the album, setting up a live band, and her journey of self-discovery and new beginnings.
Reptilian Death, the death metal band from Mumbai, have released their new single ‘Emerge, Hatred, Emerge’, from their sophomore album, The Dawn of Consummation and Emergence.
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Mumbai’s groove metal band Asylum has finished recording all five tracks for their debut EP, Inmate, due to release sometime in November.
Mumbai’s Hindi progressive outfit Coshish have released their debut album, titled Firdous, with Universal Music India.
Alien Sky Cult have been the object of much internet curiosity due to their unexpected showing on the Rolling Stone Metal Awards polls. However, the Delhi-based metal band are neither
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