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The Scene in June

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The Scene in June

 

Skyharbor released their new single ‘Evolution’ in a run up to the yet-unnamed-album. Keeping up with the times, they are crowdfunding it too.

The Scene in June

 

Delhi-based singer/songwriter Shantanu Pandit released his debut EP, ‘Skunk In The Cellar’. Though we are yet to get our hands on the EP, we dig the art work. Get your copy and tell us what you think.

 

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Award winning band Alobo Naga also had a worldwide release of their latest single ‘All we have is now’. They also have a music video for it and though the band in open wilderness maybe a done to death theme for a music video, this one comes from the North East India and we are digging the greens. Check it out and get the free song too.

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Undying Inc. announced the launch of their EP, ‘Ironclad’. Check out the teaser and some pictures from their insane set at CONTROL ALT DELETE – SURVIVE THIS.

 

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Prateek Kuhad released a live video of ‘Big Surprise‘ from his next album which is a follow up of his first EP Raat Raazi. If you haven’t heard it yet, you should and let us convince you maybe.

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Junkyard Groove completed a Sober Tour last month. We were there to catch some of it. Common gripe remains, it’s not the same. If you were there too tell us what you thought about the gigs in the comments.

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Taaqademy spoke about their new center for musical learning in Bangalore. This one is a bigger facility in Whitefield. Hear about it from them.

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Rolling Stone Metal Award winning band Reptilian Death released a play through video for their song ‘Soaked with the imperfections of puerile blood’. Watch and play along.

 

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The Burning Deck, a solo project of bassist Sandeep Madhavan (Old Jungle Saying, The Ticker Tapes) launched his second album, Deluge. It’s up for download on their bandcamp page.

 

Festival Dates announced

The Scene in JuneWe would like to remind you that Ziro Festival of Music announced their dates in April. The festival will be a 4 day affair this year and will be held in the Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh from the 25th September to 28th September. We would advise you to book your tickets ASAP. See a few glimpses from the 2013 edition here.

 

The Scene in JuneThe electronic music festival Magnetic Fields that debuted in 2013 and is set within a Mahal in Rajasthan announced its dates for 2014. They kick started their festivities with a pre-party in London last week.

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Enchanted Valley Carnival set in the picturesque Amby Valley City in Lonavala announced their December dates. 3-day festival with a campsite.

 

 

NH7 Weekender also announced their 4-city dates. Starting with Kolkata on 1st & 2nd November, Bengaluru on 8th & 9th November, Pune on 21st, 22nd & 23rd November and finally Delhi on 29th & 30th November.

New Wave MusicFest 2014 took the last available weekend in November for it’s debut in Goa on the 15th and 16th.

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Junkyard Groove at Euriska, Pune

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The Junkyard Groove Sober Tour Dates Announced

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Alternative-Funk-Rock band Junkyard Groove will be touring three cities this month and the band has worked on a very special set for their upcoming tour! The current line-up comprises of front man and founder of the band Ameeth Thomas on vocals and acoustic guitar, Joshua Mark Raj on guitars, Sajith Satya the bass prodigy from Chennai and Shashank Vijay a drummer that “makes a four piece band sound like 5.”

Tour dates:

12th June : BlueFrog, Mumbai (Supporting band – Almost There)

13th June : Euriska, Pune

20th June : Opus, Bangalore (Supporting band – Lagori) 

 

 

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Junkyard Groove Gets A New Guitarist

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Chennai-based rock band Junkyard Groove have replaced their guitarist, Merwyn Christopher with Garage Monsters Inc. frontman, Josh Mark Raj.

Apart from working with eminent directors like Harris Jayaraj and Yuvan Shankar, Raj has also been a part of widely known rock bands such as Moksha and No Idea. Currently, he plays for Roxygen and when asked how different his work with Junkyard Groove is going to be, he explains, “Since I’ve always been a classic rock kinda guy it sure is a little different for me, but I seem to be fitting in pretty well.”

“I love the energy and the sound of Junkyard Groove. It’s been a while since I’ve played stuff like this so it’s definitely something I’m really excited about!” exclaims Raj.

According to frontman Ameeth Thomas, chemistry is the most important element that ought to be present among the band members. “Merwyn is a kickass guitarist, but somehow the chemistry was missing. Plus, I prefer working with people close to my age.” Josh Raj and Ameeth , whose friendship can be traced back to their school days, seem to gel pretty well. “Josh is a work horse and is spot on with everything. It’s great.”

Ex- guitarist Christopher, who also plays the leads for Franks Got The Funk, feels that nothing has really changed. “Playing for Junkyard Groove has been awesome fun for me. I enjoyed every moment of it. I had to leave because the situation demanded so, but I can say one thing: Josh is an insane guitarist and the fans should expect nothing but the best.” Christopher is currently working on a solo project.

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The Jack Daniels Rock Awards 2013

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The eighth edition of the annual Jack Daniels Rock awards was held on the 22nd of February at Mehboob Studio amidst little hype and no fanfare. The invite-only event hosted by Sameer Malhotra and The P-Man (Rohit Pereira) saw successful rock bands from the scene, across genres, being feted for their musical efforts over the past one year, by people who had little or nothing to do with the scene.

Bombay punk rockers, Blek kick-started the evening performing songs from their debut album, Hexes + Drama & Other Reasons for Evacuation to an audience of around 100 people. Their half hour long set included some of their popular songs like ‘Minus the Makeup’ and ‘Fog + Strobe’ which was also nominated in the best song category. Blek’s set was followed by the first set of awards which saw Shantanu Hudalikar win the best producer award. Advaita’s The Silent Sea and Swarathma’s Topiwalleh shared honours for the best album art while The Blue Frog, Mumbai was adjudged the best live music venue.  The emcee then made Michele Obama’s virtual presence at the Oscars seem less random by calling upon a Bollywood designer along with an eye-candy model to give away the next set of awards – Blek were back on stage to collect their award, after being declared the best emerging band of 2012. The next award handed out was for the best keyboardist which was shared by Jason Zachariah (Jason Zac Band) and Zubin Balaporia (Indus Creed). The designer-model duo then gave a priceless tip of advice in fashion to the musicians gathered (who, judging by the vibes, couldn’t care less), before handing over the best drummer award to Jai Row Kavi (Indus Creed). Bombay Jam band Something Relevant was up next on stage, playing a half hour long medley of songs from their second album, We Could Be Dreaming which was released last year.

Actor Suchitra Pillai was then accompanied on stage by Ken Ghosh (Bollywood director) to give away the next set of awards – Tony Guinard of the Ska Vengers tipped my personal favourite Roop Thomas of Blakc to win the best bassist award. Thermal and a Quarter frontman Bruce Lee Mani deservingly bagged the coveted best guitarist award, having being nominated alongside other stalwarts like Keshav Dhar, Baiju Dharmarajan and Mahesh Tinaikar. A clueless Mandira Bedi then walked onto stage to hand over the awards for best male and female vocalists – Vivienne Pocha won the award for the best female vocalist scoring over equally good singers Samara C (Ska Vengers) and Suman Sridhar (Sridhar/Thayil), while Angaraag “Papon” Mahanta overpowered the likes of Uday Benegal, Rabbi Shergill, Bruce Lee Mani, Gareth D’mello and Vasu Dixit in a star studded list of nominations for the best male vocalist.

The Rolling Stone all-star jam that followed, showcased artists from bands like Something Relevant, Split, Goddess Gagged and Colour Compound, recreate the magic of some of India’s most popular rock songs  – from Siddharth Basrur and Gareth D’mello’s duet take on Them Clones’s ‘Zephyretta’  to Rachel Varghese’s cover of Junkyard Groove’s ‘Imagine’, Saba Azad’s cover of  Orange Street’s ‘Candywalk’ to  Gareth’s beautiful delivery of ‘Lucy’ by Zero, Suman Sridhar’s horror screams and deafening screeches on Workshop’s ‘Pudhe Sarka’ to Rachel Varghese’s rendering of ‘Trapped’ by Indus Creed,  the wonderfully selected set list for the jam had something for everyone’s taste and gave the attendees a lot to cheer about.

The Rolling Stone jam session was ensued by the last set of awards that saw Keshav Dhar’s Skyharbor bag the recently introduced – best metal band award before Papon made it two for the night after ‘Boitha Maro Re’ was adjudicated the best song, overshadowing some splendid tracks like ‘Maeva’ (Skyharbor), ‘Fog + Strobe’ (Blek), ‘Dissolve’ (Indus Creed) and ‘For the Cat’ (TAAQ). Former Miss India, Yukta Mookhey was then called out of oblivion to hand over the last couple of awards – Advaita’s ‘The Silent Sea’ won the top honours bagging the best album award, however it was Indus Creed who won the bragging rights and took home the 5 lakh rupees prize money after being adjudged the best Indian band for the year 2012.

Despite oddities of the award presenters, a no-show by most winners and a kitty cat on the loose, the award show at large went off smoothly, thanks (largely) to the free flowing Jack at the event.

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Junkyard Groove at Swig Bar & Eatery

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Sourav Kumar Das

Sourav Kumar Das is a photographer from Pune who loves to click people and weddings. When he is not clicking, he is either playing his guitar, web designing or writing code!

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Junkyard Groove at CounterCulture, Bangalore

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Vishal KSwamy

Vishal KSwamy is a former corporate slave turned photographer. He's otherwise seen haunting the many chai stalls in Bangalore post mid-night.

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Junkyard Groove at The High Spirits, Pune

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