Australian band Karnivool surprised by growing popularity in India

  • Suprateek Chatterjee, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Nov 06, 2012 15:55 IST

Australian rock band Karnivool

It’s an uncommonly hot November morning in Pune, but Ian Kenny and Andrew Goddard, founding members of Australian progressive rock band Karnivool, are in their element. On their second visit here, they talk animatedly about all the people they met after their spectacular show at IIT Bombay’s Mood Indigo festival in December last year. “You guys have a really interesting scene going on here,” says Goddard, lead guitarist and backing vocalist. “It’s the start of something big.”

Karnivool were in Pune to play at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender festival (they performed on Sunday evening) — and are slated to play in the city tomorrow as part of Oz Fest, a cultural extravaganza organised by the government of Australia. The band, which is still an underground act the world over, has gathered a sizeable fan following here, particularly in Mumbai.

Strangely enough, Karnivool have released only two albums, Themata (2005), and Sound Awake (2009), neither of which were officially released in India. “We continue to be pleasantly surprised that so many people know of us here simply through the internet and word-of-mouth,” says Goddard.

The band plans to stay in India for a week, during which Kenny (the vocalist) and Goddard say they would love to go sight-seeing. After that, they will be returning to Perth to start recording their next album, which is due next year.

Commenting on the four-year gap between each of their albums, Kenny says, “Our song-writing process is complicated. We tend to take a few pieces of music — rhythmic ideas, guitar riffs or grooves — and lay them out on the table. Then we keep working on them until these ideas gel together to become a song.” Goddard adds, “For example, the song Deadman (from Sound Awake) was reworked to a large extent and took nearly a year to complete. And Change (which exists in two parts in two albums) is one long song that was written and tweaked over four years.”

Kenny and Goddard have heard a few Indian indie artistes and are full of praise for New Delhi-based progressive metal act Skyharbor and Mumbai-based metal band Bhayanak Maut.

“It still feels like we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg so far,” says Kenny. “I’m hoping to listen to a lot more before we leave.”

Men from down under
The Perth-based progressive band comprises Ian Kenny (vocals), Drew Goddard and Mark Hosking (guitar), Jon Stockman (bass) and Steve Judd (drums). Having released two EP, two albums and several singles in their 15-year career, the band is in the process of working on their third album.

Karnivool will be performing as part of Oz Fest at Hard Rock Café on November 7, 8.30 pm onward. Entry is for Rs 500.


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