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Peepal Tree at The BFlat Bar, Bangalore

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Peepal Tree isn’t just a band. It’s a supergroup of sorts. I mean, you have some of the best musicians in the independent music scene coming together to make great music. Their very first gig at The BFlat Bar saw them performing to mostly friends and a whole bunch of music lovers. The band’s biggest achievement? “Getting Tony Das (Lead guitar and Backing Vocals) to sing in Kannada and Hindi!” announced vocalist Sujay Harthi.

Peepal Tree at The BFlat Bar, Bangalore

Let us go back in history to the beginning of Peepal Tree. It isn’t all that far back though. Harthi and Praveen Biligiri (Bass Guitar and Backing Vocals) coughed up a couple of great tracks together but didn’t know what to do with it. Voila! Willy Demoz (Drums) enters the picture insisting that they croon these numbers and entrance audiences. Das is summoned to work his magic on these tracks and thus the fellowship is born! They revealed their project to the world on the 8th of August with the help of the good folks at BFlat.

Peepal Tree at The BFlat Bar, Bangalore

Let’s get down to business now. As a bunch of established musicians you’d expect them to work mostly originals and they did not disappoint. They successfully proved that language is no barrier in enjoying great music. They opened with ‘Chetana’ which had a very haunting melody line. There were strong Red Hot Chilli Peppers influences on a couple of their tracks. ‘Bayake’ in particular was very RHCP meets Bisi Bele Bhath. Laugh all you want, but it’s true. Biligiri’s bass in ‘Anubhava’ and ‘People Tree’ was unbelievable. It was the strong yet silent force that drove those songs to greater heights. His backing vocals were equally mesmerising. Das clearly had a lot of fans in the room and for good reason. His riffs in ‘Anubhava’ drove the crowd to frenzy. His wielding of the guitar was exceptional but unfortunately his singing went off pitch in a few places. ‘Kanasu’ and ‘Konavaregu’ were tracks in which Demoz’s drumming was truly amazing. It’s not always you get such pitch perfect classical singing with heavy riffs but Harthi managed to pull it off. Yes, there were very slight issues with the pitch at one or two places but they were easily forgotten.

Peepal Tree at The BFlat Bar, Bangalore

The covers they had picked weren’t a walk in the park. Their cover of ‘Govinda’ by Kula Shekar was so good that it seemed to heighten the beauty of the instruments and vocals. It was one of their best covers. But their cover of ‘Khuda’ by Spyro Gyra was a little disappointing with Harthi going off pitch in some places. They did, however render near perfect covers of Nitin Sawhney’s ‘Nadia’ and ‘Minds without Fear’ by Imogen Heap/Vishal. The latter was the perfect amalgamation of vocals and interesting instrumentals.

Peepal Tree at The BFlat Bar, Bangalore

Their original ‘People Tree’ was one of their best with a haunting chorus and intense instrumentals. They did, nonetheless save their very best for last. ‘Thangi’ was the perfect end to a great start. Filled with great loops and a brilliant guitar solo, ‘Thangi’ left everyone wanting more but sadly it was time for us to say our goodbyes as they took their final bow. On the whole, Peepal Tree’s performance was extraordinary. They made sure to talk to the audience and keep the atmosphere light and friendly between tracks with Harthi offering to give fans Das’ contact information. The crowd too was extremely happy to be so close to great music. People were struggling to stay in their seats as all everyone wanted to do was forget their troubles and sway to Peepal Tree’s tunes. An outstanding first gig that is how we’d put it. Here’s looking forward for more terrific performances!

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Galeej Gurus at Hard Rock Cafe, Hyderabad

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Galeej Gurus

Named as one of India’s “hottest bands” according to Rolling Stones in 2010, the opening act for bands like Mr. Big, Deep Purple, Bryan Adams;  and having played in Dubai Dessert Rock Festival alongside bands like Velvet Revolver, Korn, Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying, Galeej Gurus is a force to reckon with. Their growing fan club in Hyderabad couldn’t wait to listen to them yet again and could barelty contain their excitement. Formed in the year 2000, the Galeej Gurus have been in the music scene for over a decade with over 500 gigs in their kitty. Their line-up includes Nathan Harris on vocals, Naveen Thomas on the guitars, Ananth Menon on guitars and vocals, Matthew Harris on the bass and Kishan Balaji on the drums.

Galeej Gurus at Hard Rock Cafe, Hyderabad

As a band, their influences are Led Zeppelin, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Eric Clapton, Steve Vai and Deep Purple. However individually, Nathan’s influences include Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Guns n Roses, Robbie Williams, Prince etc., while Ananth tips towards blues and rock and roll. Matthew draws his inspiration from modern guitar funk and rock, for Naveen Thomas, who is considered the “most technically proficient” musician in the band, it is more of progressive influences like Dream Theater, Pain of Salvation, Tool, Killswitch Engage etc. , and Kishan is inspired by “freestyle improvisation” and jazz. A blend of their individuality is the essence of their band. Galeej Gurus’ music, according to them, is a bit of Alternative, Funk, Blues-Rock, Progressive and Grunge put together; whereas critics classify them as Indie Rock.

Galeej Gurus at Hard Rock Cafe, Hyderabad

Their set list for the day was a mix of their compositions and covers. The band opened with their own composition ‘Believe in Tomorrow’, to warm up the crowd. Picking up pace, their OCs ‘She’s Mine’, ‘Play On’, Jet’s ‘Cold Hard B*tch’ got the crowd pumped up.  Ananth’s bluesy voice was perfect for the cover of Eric Clapton’s ‘Before You Accuse Me’. ‘Blind’, ‘Make some Noise’,’ Dark Hungry Eyes’ were the rest of their OCs for the first half of the evening. By the second half of the gig, the crowd grew bigger and the energy grew higher. This second set included 3 Doors Down’s ‘Loser’ along with Maroon 5’s ‘Move like Jagger’ and another composition ‘Flyaway’. The crowd sang along during Foo Fighter’s ‘Rope’ and King’s of Leon’s ‘Use Somebody’, while the band continued on with their other compositions ‘Breathe’ and ‘Physiological Breakdown’. The finale was a medley of three rock legends – Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole lotta love’, Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Purple Haze’ and Lenny Kravitz’s ‘Are you gonna go my way’ leading to ‘Full meals’  by The Wayside. They threw in a few amazing guitar and bass solos and pulled in Baba – Native Tongue’s  frontman and a good friend of the band for one of the numbers, which added to the overall flavour.

Galeej Gurus at Hard Rock Cafe, Hyderabad

Every composition of theirs has a bit of Alternative and Progressive while most of them were groovy. Nathan’s versatile vocals, Naveen Thomas and Ananth’s skills on the guitar, crazy bass riffs by Matthew and Kishan’s tight drumming put together, makes a perfectly wrapped package of good music.

The sound was decent with very few glitches and there were quite a good number of people for a weekday evening. As the front man, Nathan knew how to keep the crowd engaged throughout the gig.  The energy of the entire band was so contagious, they crowd couldn’t contain themselves. Everyone was high on music (also on booze, but mostly music) till the end.

Galeej Gurus at Hard Rock Cafe, Hyderabad

Galeej Gurus claim that they are “a bunch of crazy ass rockers who don’t understand the meaning of ‘keep it quiet!’” and they sure kept their word! After a week of rain and traffic jams, an evening with Galeej Gurus at Hard Rock Café was the perfect way to unwind.

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Vini Lilian

Vini works with an ad agency. She's a metalhead who can't play metal so she writes about it. She loves tattoos!

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