Yesterdrive

Yesterdrive is Molee Lollen (Lead Vocals / Guitars), Liem Ngadong (Bass / Backing Vocals), Haggai Rongmei (Lead Guitars / Backing Vocals), Sachin Shahi (Drums) and Kabir Jamatia (Synth / Sample / FX) an alt-rock band originally from Arunachal Pradesh in India, now based in New Delhi.

Yesterdrive - alt-rock from India

Yesterdrive

Smartly shaped sounds flow across the room as Yesterdrive deliver music which resonates of the past and present. Through the combination of electronics and instrumentation the quintet is able to infuse layers of textures to their music.

Whilst the material resonates of the past this is not music for the history books as Yesterdrive speak of life in 2014 inside melodic structures which float like spider-webs in the breeze. The tracks sit easily on the ears as synthetic notes are left on extended play, whilst sharply pinned strings and percussion mark out the territory.  Whilst there is little recorded out-put to report on, what is available finds a band who knows how to write and compose songs.

Only a year into their existence Yesterdrive make for an engaging band whose development will be interesting to follow and I wish them the best for the future.

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Mad Orange Fireworks

Mad Orange Fireworks a blues rock band from Bangalore in India is Michael Dias (Vocals / Guitars), Ramanan Chandramouli (Guitars/Vocals), Kaushik Kumar (Bass / Vocals) and Deepak Raghu (Drums).

Mad Orange Fireworks - blues rock from India

Mad Orange Fireworks

The easy interaction between the players and when on stage with their audience enables Mad Orange Fireworks to deliver guitar led rock which raises a smile. The more recent transition from a three piece to the current line-up has resulted in their output gaining far greater texture, whilst not loosing the free expressions which are the hallmark of their live work.

Mad Orange Fireworks signature being the exploratory, inquisitive, guitars which intoxicate audiences. When a band has complete confidence in their out-put it is immediately evident to the listener, nothing is forced or over emphasised, permitting the ears to enjoy the sounds without ever having that grating feeling of ‘this is a band trying too hard’.  A fanatical live audience greets the quartet when they take to the stage and although that connection of energy can never be replicated on a Studio recording, the players are able to forge a connection through the distance.

Never a genre to sit on my ‘must play this today’ playlist, Mad Orange Fireworks comfortably settle in the ‘I can’t put my finger on it, but definitely worth another spin’.

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Krishna’s Temple Rock

Krishna’s Temple Rock an alt carnatic raga band from Pondicherry in India is Krishna Kumar (Vocals / Kanjeera), Matt Littlewood (Saxophone), Aman Mahajan (Keyboard),  Viji Cheyyur (Electric Guitar), Mishko M’Ba (Bass Guitar) and Sowri Rajan (Tavil / Ghatam / Morsingh).

Krishna's Temple Rock - alt carnatic raga from India

Krishna’s Temple Rock

Combining traditional classical Southern Indian influences with Western jazz and rock, Krishna’s Temple Rock through their extended tracks are able to offer some highly inventive and surprising pieces of music. The metronomic drone more normally provided by the tambula is replaced with the keys and morsingh which gives the music a more morose frame, the injection of sax and electronic instruments provide the injection of lighter flavours.


Whilst the focus remains as with classical carnatic on compositions around the voice, the jazz and western rock influences are given room to breathe and the listener is left with music which extrapolates very distinct styles into a fusion of some considerable intrigue.

Pondicherry given the proximity of Auroville provides some of the most interesting cohesions of styles, in the Indian Subcontinent, which should come as no surprise and this isn’t the first time, nor will it be the last I am sure, that I will introduce a band from the region doing something a little different to the mainstream.

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The Vinyl Records

The Vinyl Records is Cheyyrian Bark (Lead Vocalist / Keytar), Banu Jini (Guitar / Vocals), Minam Tekseng (Bass / Vocals) and Mithy Tatak (Drums / Percussion /Vocals) an alt-rock band from New Delhi in India.

The Vinyl Records - alt indie from India

The Vinyl Records

Taking to the stage to confront some of the issues facing many  women across India, they also express those very real fears in their music. The Vinyl Records breathe like fresh air across the sub-continent as they challenge both ‘traditional values’ and current reality, whilst not hiding their own concerns and trepidation. For those reasons the quartet quite naturally sit on my radar, add to that a zingy driving rock they are unmissable.


The keytar gives The Vinyl Records an opportunity to play with some different textures in some of the tracks that hover around the three minute mark. In that short-space of time they are able to conclude the purpose of the piece and leave the listener raring for the next track.

At this stage of their development the message is far more relevant that the inherent musical skills as they are able to rise above any critique of import with their ballsy display and as you know, for me, integrity is of far more importance that the ability to write an Aria.

Beginning to spike some interest across other Asian countries, I look forward to hearing far more of The Vinyl Records.

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