Mad Orange Fireworks has been around for well over two years now. While theyve been rigorously touring the circuit with their special brand of Orange (their words, not ours) rock, weve been appreciating this four-piece bands unique mix of alternative and pop with a little bit of blues-rock vocals thrown in. See, they really are difficult to categorize!
Made up of Michael (vocals and guitar), Ramanan (guitars and vocals), Kaushik (bass and vocals), and Shravan (drums and vocals), the last two years, and quite a few before, have given them a lot of material to put on a full-length album and thats exactly what theyre in the process of doing. The Lifeline Cast is a ten-song album out in the near future. Were done with the recording and itll be out sometime in July, says Michael confidently.
The albums title takes after a section of the lyrics from a song of ours that goes Cant get a grip on the lifeline cast . It basically describes the kind of lives weve chosen as musicians. The album itself definitely has groove in every bit and were hoping that it is interesting enough to be appreciated by musicians and listeners alike.
Theyre doing a preview of their debut album at The BFlat Bar tonight. The album is a compilation of material theyve been playing at gigs for the past two years, and a hefty chunk of material it is! Songs like Black Hole, Empty Saturday and Funny Feeling are easy to make favorites on first listen.
But theres more than just previewing an album to this particular gig (like that isnt enough in the first place!). Drummer for the band Shravan, whos been a part of MOF even before the band was named, is going his own way and this is a farewell gig in camouflage. Theres no politics or anything involved. He just has work commitments. Weve actually been trying to convince him for two years to quit his corporate job and do music full time but it was a no go. Were sad to see him go because hes a close friend but, knowing him, hell be there for all our gigs, says the soft-spoken Michael about his bandmate. He didnt want to make too big a deal about it so we said wed combine it with our album preview.
When asked about Shravan, Michael only has good things to say, Hes a hard worker, Id say. This was his first band on a professional level and hes the guy I contacted first when we wanted to form the band. Hes just a really nice guy and has always been there for the band. Also, he was great while recording the album. Hes brilliant at putting down parts and is an interestingly working composer.
In the meantime, well have Deepak Raghu sessioning for us, he adds as an afterthought, though were not exactly sure on that for the long term. We tried to make the interview just the right amount of cliché by asking Michael to describe Shravan in a word or a phrase and he was kind enough to deliver. Hes a hardworking metalhead who loves to groove, Id say.
Expect a high-energy gig since its our last show with Shravan and well try to make it as as good as possible! he throws in at the very end when asked about the gig at BFlat. We think theyll hold good to that promise! They’re also playing a set at Dublin in the Windsor Manor on the 15th of June. Be sure to catch them live!