Gig-goers have a really busy schedule ahead. In September, it’s American rockers Korn’s three-city tour. The month after will see Slayer in concert. And this week itself there are two international performances — German electro pop band, Apparat, as well as a five-city tour by Finnish rockers, Poets Of The Fall (POTF), who are visiting the country for the third time since 2007.
POTF may have a strong fan base in teenagers across India, but the band feels they have matured with their latest offering. In the country, on a five-city tour to promote their fifth studio album, Temple of Thought (TOT), Marko Saaresto, vocalist of POTF, says, “TOT is an ending to a trilogy that began with our debut album, Signs of Life. It tracks our growth as a band, I’m happy with the way it’s come out. The album features all the colours of our music–ballad and crazy carnivalesque stuff to mellow tracks and rock riffs.”
About their India tour, Marko adds, “I didn’t think we would come to India, forget doing it thrice. But that’s what’s unpredictable about this field of music. We have a big following in India, and our fans made us revisit.”
However, unlike their previous visits, the band will perform not as the original trio but with their latest avatar as a six-piece outfit. Ask Marko how a rock musician, a jazz guitarist and an electronica artiste came together in 2003 and he says, “It was a lucky coincidence. We were recording the ‘Late goodbye’ single and Captain was there to produce it. We all come from three different styles of music and there were some clashes, but luckily it all clicked.”
Famous for hits like Late goodbye and Carnival of rust, the band that likes to call themselves a carnivalesque band of storytellers will perform at Hard Rock Cafes in Bangalore, New Delhi and Pune as part of Vh1 Handpicked. They also have concerts in Hyderabad and Kolkata before they start touring Germany. It plans to play a mix of old favourites and songs from their new album.
“If I could, I would be on the road, through the year,” says Marco, “Though the scale of the gig is not so big this year, we hope that a lot of people turn up. It’s always good to see an enthusiastic audience and share their energy.”