‘Blek’ and ‘The Vinyl Records’ @ Hard Rock Café
Reviewing rock bands is something that I like, and so I jumped at the opportunity to review two bands playing at Hard Rock Café; ‘Blek’ and ‘The Vinyl Records’. Mujhe patha hai that rock bands like using weird names, but ‘Blek’ jyaada hi kuch weird hogaya, hai na? Anyway, names aside, we reached HRC at 9, which came as a pleasant surprise considering aapli Mumbai-chi traffic. It also completely slipped my mind that HRC is usually always full and one needs to wait for some time before getting himself a table to sit at. So yeah, we had to wait outside for a good 20 minutes. Luckily, the bands were delayed themselves and by the time Blek came on-stage, we were seated at a very comfortable table which was right in the centre. Perks of flashing my ‘dhinchakmumbai.com’ ID-card. 😉
Blek is an alternative rock trio from Mumbai, formed in November 2010. The band consists of Rishi Bradoo (guitars, vocals), Jared Creado (bass), and Varun Aiyer (drums). They were one of the winners of the Ray-Ban Never Hide Sounds talent hunt. Most bands begin with relatively slower songs and gradually build the tempo. However, this wasn’t the case with Blek, as they went all-out from the first song itself. Jared Creado, their curly-haired bass guitarist really shook the stage with his jumping and all his energy. Not metaphorically speaking. Literally shook the stage. The phrase ‘Hila ke rakh diya’ comes to mind. Rishi Bradoo was in his elements as he played the guitar amazingly well and his vocals were also top class. Their drummer, Varun Aiyer was getting the most amount of cheers from the crowd. Brilliant drumming. I heard quite a few groans when Blek announced that it was their last track for the night.
Next up were ‘The Vinyl Records’, a four piece girl band based in New Delhi that came together in Feb 2010. The band was formed by Banu, Minam and Mithy who all hail from Arunachal Pradesh. The band was almost on a year hiatus from performing and meanwhile the girls started jamming and coming up with ideas. The final touch of the band came when they were joined by the present vocalist and keytarist Cheyyrian Bark from Assam in Jan 2011. The Vinyl Record’s sound can be described as indie, post punk and the sound from new wave eras of 70s and 80s when analog and early digital sound was popular & fusing indie and post punk with a dash of glam rock with the keytar! What is a ‘keytar’ you ask? A keytar is a relatively lightweight keyboard (with or without a built-in synthesizer) that is supported by a strap around the neck and shoulders, similar to the way a guitar is supported by a strap. Picture a hybrid of a guitar and a keyboard. The audience absolutely loved the keytar as Cheyyrian played it to perfection. The names of their songs were quite weird. One song they performed was named ‘Here’s my fist, where’s the fight?’ They also played a song which was against drug use. The only negative was that their vocals sounded very similar in all the songs. There should be more variation where vocals is concerned.
This was an early night, if you compare it with the other reviews I’ve had to do. We were in a cab and on our way home by 11 o clock.