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CounterCulture, Bangalore has IndieMarch going on all this month; basically a lot of good bands playing every weekend through the entire month of March.

Sky Rabbit, a Mumbai based Indie Electro post-Punk Rock band played last night and by the end of their set, they had a whole lot of new fans. The quartet comprising Raxit Tewari (vocals and songwriter), Rahul Nadkarni (guitarist), Siddharth Shah (bassist) and Harsh Karangale (drummer) has been around for eight good years during which they were called Medusa. It’s been over a year since the name change and the music scene still seems to be getting their heads around it.

Over the period of time that Medusa Sky Rabbit has been around, they toured the United Kingdom, recorded with John Leckie and released their debut album – Sky Rabbit. The band initially played a lot of industrial rock before shifting over to electro pop-rock; a shift that got them noticed and helped them achieve one of the most distinct sounds in the Indian music scene.

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The audience was laid back and seemed more interested in getting food into their mouths. It was surprising to see people of all age groups ranging from sexagenarians to two kids who could have flown across the world and attended any music festival for free. The band couldn’t wait any longer and took to the stage, hoping for the best; it was, after all, just their second time in Bangalore, after having played at the Nh7 Weekender. Having said that, it wasn’t surprising to see how, just after one song, a majority of the audience had put their forks down and were on their feet, dancing.

Over the years, the band has developed a niche in terms of sound that sets them apart from almost anything you might have heard in the same genre. As the gig progressed, the audience was rewarded with tunes from their debut album, as well as new songs which will be part of the new album the band plans on releasing sometime this year.

They played songs such as Clone and March which have a well-defined beat while at the same time a refined edge that would make you drop everything you are doing and just, listen. Harsh Karangale did a great job on the drums and was positioned on the side of the stage rather than behind; which was good because, for once, the audience could actually see the drummer’s face.

Then they played Sweet Smile Driving, and everyone was visibly mesmerized by Raxit Tewari’s voice which sometimes rubs off as disdainful or despondent; it works wonderfully for the band though. Next was Anti Coke Ganpati. To begin with, everyone is still wondering what coke has to do with the cheerful pot-bellied god who travels on a mouse. Just the name makes everyone pay attention in an attempt to figure out what the song is all about. The lyrics are filled with fallacies like “Me for President| and my Anti Coke Ganpati” which just makes it a fool’s game trying to unearth their hidden meaning.

Bassist Siddharth Shah finished fine tuning his bass and began to play the familiar bass riff of HillTop; all hell broke loose. Turning around to look at the audience, it felt as if suddenly, a hundred more people had magically appeared. The band seemed happy with the way the crowd was reacting and went on to a smooth finish. Like at all gigs, this just couldn’t be the end. A band is never really finished when they say “Thank you, we had a great time.” So, they got back up on stage (Harsh Karangale had conveniently jumped off the drum pad and was backstage) and played another song, this time, Who’s Your Daddy. This is one song you will not find on any of their online channels. The band gave it all they had and sent home a crowd that would not stop streaming Sky Rabbit till the next time they visit Bangalore.

 

Dev Ambardekar

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