"Tout ce que dit en français, des sons de classe" - 'Anything said in French, sounds classy' - Monsieur. Abhishek, Circa 2009.
Well, enough of dillydallying.Yesterday, Akshay and I, had been to the Fête de la Musique, at the Alliance Française de bangalore. A cozy place, and a Cultural hangout for the French, in Bangalore. We had no clue of the lineup, and I, had almost thought that it was the 'Galeej Gurus' who'd be performing.
I saw the calendar, and it said "Today's Special". And that, was the name of the band. Band names[ and songs] mostly come out as as the aftereffects of drunken revelry. [ Considering that this band cites whiskey and beer to be some of their driving influences, my guess isn't that far-fetched :-P ].
And needless to say, it's a decent pun as well. I suppose they get stuff like, " And Ladies and Gentlemen, Today's special performance is by well, Today's Special", all the time. Much like when there was this bunch [including Frank Noon], who called themselves "The Next Band". [ And the Next band is ......] , or even better, this group that performed at Decibels at Saarang 2009. It was simply called "The Previous Band". Man, the confusions.
'Today's Special' was listed in the lineup for Saarang as well. I couldn't see the entire Decibels event, hence must have missed them there.
Anyway, about yesterday's performance. Absolutely loved it. Primarily funk based music, and the fact that they can dabble in with a bit of metal as well, makes them extra special.
Here's what the band has to say about themselves.
"We are a Bangalore based blues rock band, mostly into classic blues, blues rock and retro hard rock, with an added flavour of funk.We cover songs of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Phish and the likes, and also compose originals that fall in the same taste."
Some would call it confusing and disoriented that they have so many influences, but the fact that they switch easily between these at will in their tracks, makes them versatile, I feel.
The Band's line up [ I picked this from the website, I'm sure about at least the vocals and the bassist], and my opinions about them:
Aditya : Vocals - Roaring, High voice at times, which suits the retro style very much. Could do a semi-growl if need be, I guess. The lyrics are very much set to the swing style [ Elvis -like ], and this chap sings fast-paced as the style demands.
Dhruv : Guitars -Very Naice, Sir. Nice techniques, the sweep Picking was awesome, and the riffs were very distinct.
Sathwick : Drums - Brings the song into picture right from the start. The bass and the drums combination is probably the signature of this band, from what I could make out from most of their numbers.
Shalini : Bass - Let's get out the most obvious fact first. A Female bassist? Yes, that's something really rare. Unique enough to feature an independent wiki.
Ok, once the whole hullaballoo and temporary jaw-dropping was done, we were actually in awe of her performance. One hell of a bassist. And as I said just two lines before [ were you noticing?? ], the bass+ drum intros defined the course of the song.
Yesterday's performance featured originals like "Aloo Tikki" and covers like "Hush - Deep Purple", and "Woman - WolfMother". The wolfmother cover was nearly identical, and the highlight of the gig, for me.
One minor complaint is that once I tried to some post-concert searching for this band, its tracks and lyrics, I was thoroughly pissed off.
It's a pain googling for them. Try some innocent search term like "Aloo Tikki Today's Special", and a hajar Tarla Dalal like cooking sites pop up.Aargh. With a little Search engine kungfu I could manage to find their myspace page, and some two tracks. Seriously guys, A Blog comes for free these days.
Kindly to be setting one up soonly. Thank you.
Akshay pointed out yesterday that Rock n Metal music seems to have dried up in Bangalore for the past few months, what with absolutely no gigs of interest happening.
Genetically mutated concert organizers, Please take note.