• Thu, Mar 23, 2017
Reviews

30ton Capacity - Season One Episode Nil

6.5

album Reviews Mar 14, 03:02pm

A review of Season One Episode Nil by Bangalore's 30ton Capacity.

Synesthesia, as anyone on the internet would know, is a very cool jumbling of the senses, wherein, for example, you see a colour each time you hear a word; you smell a smell every time you see a shape, and more. Bangalore’s 30ton Capacity attempts, through a modern prog sensibility, to recreate that rearrangement of the aesthetic senses, figuratively speaking. Sometimes with great distinction, other times not so much. The fluctuating guitar effects, as the delays swelter and peak; keyboards and samples; the heavily filtered voice; even the varying intensity and dynamics of the rhythms; it all points towards a confusing salmagundi of a sound.

Season One Episode Nil (and 30ton Capacity, by definition) doesn’t know its own sound. Conventionally, there is a certain negative connotation attached to a band “not knowing its own sound”. A kind of contemptuous dismissal, maybe. Not unfairly, because it means that, in this case, the band shuffles between Oceansize-esque misty, layered, abstract passages driven forth by delayed guitars, a staccato-drum delivery that pierces through the melody, and wandering vocal lines, before transforming into a straight-up modern rock band treading cheesy territories with very out-there choruses. There’re sparks of a post-rock sound, sparks of an underlying grungy sensibility; progressive, often boastful showcase of skill, among other things. Influences, ranging from Deftones and A Perfect Circle to Oceansize and Porcupine Tree, are worn by 30ton Capacity on their sleeve almost proudly. Which naturally provokes questions of individuality or the absence of it.

Here, though, that individuality is most definitely there. It’s an itinerant, not fully defined sense of identity, but it’s there – at least a quest for it. We witness a band’s journey of discovering their sound through a clear process of composition. The measured introduction to opener ‘Epileptic’ leads into a frenzied, percussive motif, which is where the ambition in terms of structure fully succeeds. Often times, it falls flat or doesn’t quite deliver on its promise. We’re spectators, asked to absorb and grasp their musings while they themselves uncover newer facets of their character as musicians. And that’s the most exciting part of Season One Episode Nil. It has its positives and negatives – from the excellent, thought-out arrangements that establish themselves over a few listens to the at times clumsy choruses and certain derivative sections, covering both ends of the spectrum – but essentially, the optimism lies in the fact that we have a band that’s evidently ready to jump into stylistic diversions instinctively; the searching aesthetic running through this release offers plenty for the listener to bite into; there’s potentially a goldmine that 30ton Capacity could craft, or stumble into – a longer release would probably divulge more.

Stream Season One Episode Nil by 30ton Capacity below:

Facebook twitter Google Plus Pinterest
Trending
Related Stories
Connect

Leave a comment

Recommended Stories

Introducing: The Quirky Sounds of Mumbai's Madboy/Mink

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.

Dec 03, 2013 

By Medha Singh  

In Conversation with And So I Watch You From Afar

Karan Kumar, the bass player of Mumbai/Pune's post-rock outfit A Mutual Question, interviews Rory Friers, the guitar player of And So I Watch You From Afar, the four-piece instrumental band from Northern Ireland.

Nov 29, 2013 

By Karan Kumar  

Survival of the Fittest: The Evolution of Sky Rabbit

Sky Rabbit will be playing their last show of the year at 100 Pipers India Music Week, on December 8 at Blue Frog, Mumbai, along with Blackstratblues, Soulmate, The Supersonics, and Spud in the Box. We speak with them about their evolution as a band, their approach to writing songs, playing at the India Music Week, and watching Jaga Jazzist live.

 

Nov 29, 2013 

By Aditya Varma  

A Peep Into the Mind of Blackstratblues

Aditya Varma interviews Warren Mendonsa, the brains (and pretty much everything else) behind Blackstratblues, and the guitar player for seminal act Zero. 

Nov 27, 2013 

By Aditya Varma  

Lucky 7: Stupid Ditties - An Ennui.Bomb Compilation

A review of Lucky 7: Stupid Ditties, an Ennui.Bomb Compilation.

Oct 10, 2013 

By Akhil Sood  

Reverrse Polarity - Reverrse Polarity

A review of Reverrse Polarity's self-titled debut. 

Oct 09, 2013 

By Aditya Varma  

SundogProject - Hex 1/Visions

(Artwork by Rahul Das) AKHIL SOOD Forget about the novelty for a second here – yes, it’s

Oct 07, 2013 

By Akhil Sood  

Bombay Sounds - A Mumbai Boss Compilation

A review of Bombay Sounds, a Mumbai Boss compilation.

Sep 24, 2013 

By Akhil Sood  

A Mutual Question - Eyes Everywhere

A review of Eyes Everywhere by A Mutual Question. 

Sep 20, 2013 

 

Tajdar Junaid - What Colour Is Your Raindrop

SAMAR GREWAL For all the calming, balm-like work it will do on your soul, Tajdar Junaid's

Sep 07, 2013 

By Samar Grewal  

Spud in the Box - Attention Please

AKHIL SOOD A cheesy, nasal introduction to album opener 'Lens Life' suddenly metamorphoses into a spectacularly

Mar 27, 2013 

 

The Circus - Bats

A review of Bats by The Circus.

Mar 12, 2013 

By Akhil Sood  

Album Notes

In the first half of 2012, over 20 Indian indie acts released albums (I’m excluding EPs for the purpose of simplicity and yes, convenience). While…

Jul 16, 2012 

 

Breaking the Babble

Some wag – may he rest in peace – once claimed that writing about music was like dancing about architecture. Very clever. He's passed…

Jul 11, 2012