Author Archives: Shreya Bose

About Shreya Bose

Shreya Bose is an English grad who is rethinking her dedication to academia and trying to figure out the secret to personal sanity. Currently, writing seems like the only activity that offers both inspiration and catharsis. When free, she overdoses on Yukio Mishima and Kahlua.

January 20, 2014

Triplet by The Monkberries

By - on 20/01/2014 at 11:31 pm

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It is always a good moment when a cover band puts out an original, because with the amount of replication they bring into their daily output, they end up doing one of two of the following things with their innovation - rip off, blatantly and entirely, the million and one other songs they’ve covered or, as The Monkberries have done, manage to forge ages of replication into something that combines tribute and creativity. The Monkberries have been around for a while. Since 2009, they have epitomized ‘eclectic’, belting out covers of divergent-sounding bands. Gavin Degraw, Radiohead, Pearl Jam, Snow Patrol, Collective Soul, Rascal Flatts, INXS, Beatles, The Red Hot Chill Peppers, The Eagles, Bo Bice, Cliff Richards,…

January 14, 2014

Epic Shit by Sanjeev Thomas

By - on 14/01/2014 at 10:44 pm

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Sanjeev Thomas is one of those talented composers who you’ve barely heard of but whose music you’ve been jigging to on a regular basis. He’s been a Bollywood bigwig, lending himself to titles like Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, Jhoota Hi Sahi and Rockstar– and before all the elitists out there begin to scrunch their noses to dismiss him, it should be told that he plays guitar for A.R. Rahman too. He started out as an independent musician – some of his bands include Buddha’s Babies and Buddha Blown (five points if you can point out a thematic similarity) and more recently he headed the Chennai-based rock lineup Rainbow Bridge. With the album Epic Shit, Sanjeev T is back…

December 25, 2013

Of the Seven Sisters’ Call: The Tetseo Sisters

By - on 25/12/2013 at 8:34 pm

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The expansive diversity of India is understood to a great extent, by the multiplicity of musical avatars presented by the seemingly unending forms of cultural creation in this country of contradictions. One such aural phenomenon that may strike many as beautiful, yet unfamiliar hails from the hill-studded state of Nagaland, much of whose traditional cultural practices and interests remain alien to those beyond its borders- a fact true for most of the North Eastern states that comprise ‘The Land of the Seven Sisters’.  But Naga songstresses and siblings, Mercy, Azi, Alune and Kuvelu – collectively, the Tetseo Sisters have spent their lives immersing themselves in the nearly forgotten music of the Chakhesang tribe that they…

November 18, 2013

Jazz is Forever: JazzFest 2013 – A Preview

By - on 18/11/2013 at 8:49 pm

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Congo Square, a non-profit music society dedicated to the promotion and exposition of jazz, blues and associated music is bringing to Kolkata a musical manna of sorts, as they have for many, many preceding years. JazzFest, in itself grown into a significant titular event in the global jazz circle is bringing artists of international renown to the east Indian city on November 29, 30th and December 1st. In collaboration with numerous art counsels, consulates, art agencies and jazz organisations operating across the world, Congo Square creates an intimate yet expansive setting in which music lovers are able to interact with authentic,  soul-striking music in the midst of kindred souls and tonal and technical virtuosos. Congo…

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Gingerfeet is a funk alternative band from Kolkata who played their debut gig at the Hornbill National Rock Competition in December 2012 and went on to win it! Less than a year and a few singles later, GingerFeet released their debut album High & Above: the First Wave on September 27 at Someplace Else in Kolkata (Read our review of the album here.) We had a chat with the band members about their music and their latest album. Read on! WTS: How did Gingerfeet originate? Abhishek Gurung: We have been friends for a long time, just that we were part of different bands having a different niche. It was sometime in Fall 2012, when we decided on forming a…

October 21, 2013

Festival Preview: The GoMAD Festival

By - on 21/10/2013 at 10:39 am

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You know how they say that India is the land of festivals? Well, they just might be right. The month of October promises to bring you a mad rush of sights and sounds! Music festivals have lined up, but based on their reception last year, The GoMad  festival is definitely one to look forward to. Inaugurated into existence in 2012, the 3 day music and art extravaganza conjures up images of a Thai full moon party coupled with an ambience reminiscent of Woodstock. The concept, to situate the festival in a different location every 2 years, brings it this time to the magical hills of Ooty where one can expect to be serenaded by Neel…

October 14, 2013

Grallo – Safer way back home

By - on 14/10/2013 at 5:16 pm

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It takes a bit more than a brilliant set of musicians to pull off a truly successful musical extravaganza. Anytime a large number of people are going to gather in the same place, probably at night, drinking and abandoning themselves to music and movement, arrangements have to be made to ensure that injuries accidents and assaults do not occur and tarnish the evening. In particular, it is the journey home that proves troubling because hailing a cab, finding a bus and boarding a train when you just want to lay back and relive the memories of your recent moments of bliss, shouldn’t be a troublesome experience when you’re just bone-tired and want to rest. To…

August 20, 2013

An Eye for Music

By - on 20/08/2013 at 6:15 pm

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One of the most delightful conundrums of music is that while it had almost solely been hailed as an enchanter of the ear, its proliferation into the phenomenon that it has become has been dependant largely on the visual dimension. To put it bluntly, music has been parading as a non-optic art even though half its appeal lies in visualization. Not merely stage presence, but even music videos and the artists’ presentation in terms of fashion and symbology shapes the listener’s perception of and response to the music. In all truth, can you imagine your favorite group never touring? Can you imagine never having the opportunity to gauge their skills without the sound processors and the benefits of jaw-dropping equipment? You really…

August 3, 2013

Ambiance de Danse by Amyt Datta

By - on 03/08/2013 at 9:15 pm

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Amyt Datta’s work is for no casual listener.  The prolific nature of his work is no surprise to anyone who is acquainted with the Indian offshoots of experimental music. He began fiddling with the combination of uncharacteristic and apparently incompatible sounds before the recent popularity of Porcupine Tree and Opeth made it cool.  In his latest outburst of musical genius, Datta pairs up with Pinknoise and Skinny Alley drummer, Jivraj Singh to create the album that is bound to raise standards for musicians all over the country. Ambiance de Danse is, like most of Datta’s work, unpredictable. Unlike Pinknoise, which  creates an atmosphere reminiscent of lounge music groups like Pink Martini or Lemongrass peppered with…