They called themselves the 'Green River'. And they were brave. Green River played at the Blues Café, Connaught Place. I didn't ask them why they called themselves by that name but it sounded good with the assortment of songs that they were playing - hell, I didn't bother to.
With a loud shout from the drummer, Lokey, saying, "Are you all alive" (by the way, he admits that he loves to give the wake up call during the shows just in case), they started out with CCR's Susie Q (baby, I love) and it got the crowd grooving already.
Rishava Pradhan, their lead vocalist and also the lead guitar player definitely has the talent to sing and play at the same time. He sang the John Fogerty songs with ease, with a touch of his own mellow strain (mellow and Fogerty?). Well, it mixed well like soda pop and 'feni.'
They covered songs of Collective Souls, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Steppenwolf, and also the Beatles. And Rajat's steady bass held along all the way through.
Tholi, also on lead vocals and guitar did his job well when he sang Cold Play's Yellow, Queen's Love of my life (acoustic) with such feel that made listening to him quite a treat.
The reason I call them brave is that they played Floyd (Comfortably Numb, Another Brick In The Wall) and managed to recreate the psychedelic shade in the songs, and they sounded good. I admired their guts for the fact thay they didn't seem to mind any restraints whatsoever when it came to playing the music that they loved. This, of course, came with a little help from Ayush, the man behind the PA system who managed to get the right decibels for pleasant listening. (I thanked him after the show.)
Best of all, Green River's music reminded of the days gone by - no hassle, only groovy music.
For a band that just started climbing the stage a few years back, this gig at the Blues most certainly calls for an applause and a few more beers for now.
But I wouldn't be surprised if they'll be beating the hell out of everyone who wants to try their hand in recreating the kind of music which we've all grown up listening to and appreciating.
Green River is: Rajat Bangia (bass), Rishava Pradhan (lead vocals/lead guitar), Tholi (lead vocals/lead guitar), Lokesh Khosla (drums/manager).