Posts Tagged ‘ Rock n Roll ’

Clown – White Mug

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Formed in 2011 in Bengaluru, White Mug – consisting of Mathew CM [acoustic guitar, vocals, harmonica], Louis CM [lead guitar], Sachin Ramesh [bass], and Vivian Christopher [drums] – has recently launched ‘Clown’, the quartet’s second album. With reminisces of the weird, quirky world of new wave and post-punk of the late ’70s, this effort is a skewed amalgamation of pop, surf, avant-garde, amateurish punk, white funk – and once you listen to it – please feel free to add your very own description[s] here. The nine tracks showcase wide-ranging selections, with the better ones being the catchy, largely acoustic and guitar-based ‘Brain Chewer’, the blues feel of the title song that features the mouth harp [“harmonica”] speeding-up the song with its entry, the softer “Little Thing” and “Wasted”, the riff-filled “Sunshine”, and the drum-dominating “Sorry I Fell In Love With You”. In all this, the background arrangements feature harmonies supporting dead-camp vocalising over songs that the band describes as “alternative rock ‘n’ roll”. While the production has intentionally been left loose on ‘Clown’, the sound on the album takes time to appreciate but, once you do, you realise that White Mug is just having an extended party and they want you to join in!

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/WhiteMug

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Where Did We Go Wrong? – Babu Choudhary featuring Vijay Prakash

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While tracing the Indian history of rock ‘n’ roll, one name that is a certainty is Babu Choudhary, who started playing guitar in 1978 with ‘People’, a Mumbai-based rock band that featured musicians such as Ronnie Desai, Ranjit Barot, and Hosi Nanji, which became very popular in the college circuit then. For some intriguing reason, Babu stopped playing guitar for ten years thereafter but, fortunately for music listeners, he got back into playing in 2007 and has recently produced his first ever album, ‘Somewhere Out There’. “Where Did We Go Wrong?” is the appetiser with Babu’s innovative guitar style making it mandatory primer for younger guitarists, with its soothing chord progressions and usage of harmonic scales, supported by vocalist Vijay Prakash’s alaaps. “Where Did We Go Wrong?” is a haunting melody that goes to show how much Babu was missed during his self-imposed hibernation and, hopefully, there is no more slumbering before his next album. Welcome back, Babu!

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/BabuChoudhary

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Mastaaney – Faridkot

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“Mastaaney” is the first song selected by PVR Pictures for ‘Expendables 3’ in India, a pop-metal styled track from a band that had its genesis in 2008.  “Mastaaney” has a pop feel to the metallic sounds, driven by a catchy, bombastic vocal melody and a slick, big-sounding production rather than merely guitar fireworks; it is more workmanlike than flashy (unlike most hard rock/heavy metal guitaring that is heard nowadays). The song is not built around a riff that cannot be played on any other instrument, but the guitar remains its mainstay and is effectively utilised throughout the track. “Mastaaney” provides pop accessibility to hard-rock listeners.

 

Listen and Download the songs here :http://www.artistaloud.com/theanthemcontest

– Review by PARAG KAMANI