Band members of Dischordian see their music as a digression from the ‘walls of sound that make up most of rock.’ Could an open-air performance by them at the Kala Ghoda amphitheatre be symbolic of breaking free and stepping beyond musical stagnancy?
“That, and the amphitheatre is also one of my favourite musical venues,” said Garreth D’Mello, the vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the band.
On Sunday, the three-piece acoustic, folk-rock act gave an hour-long performance in the sweltering afternoon heat as part of the Kala Ghoda Arts festival. Their eclectic set, for the most part comprising original compositions, began with Baby Maybe and included the riff-heavy Your Right Heel and the sonorous Bucket Of Blood.
The band believes in experimentation and uses a variety of instruments at every live performance. Halfway through songs, drummer and percussionist Agnnelo Picaardo shifted between pure percussion on the shakers, maracas and Djembe and even moved over to a standard drum kit. The songs on which he sat glued to his seat were ones where he played the trumpet.
“We’ve only recently added to our songs the snare and kick, so we needed a standard drum kit to play those. The rest of the percussion adds a distinct flavour to our sound,” said Picaardo.
Influenced by Nick Cave and Bob Dylan, D’Mello’s resonant vocals and lap steel, slide guitar playing technique lent a Hawaiian tinge to the compositions. Guitarist Howard Pereira supplemented his groovy leads with vocals on Must Drink and Throw Your Arms Around Me, which he sang in jazzy harmony with D’Mello.
“The band works hard on evolving their sound and words, and is acoustically tight. To see them in an open-air venue is a delight,” said artist Kirtana Krishnan, an ardent fan of Dischordian’s music, who’s seen them live many times.