I find it alarming that despite all the talk about indie Indian bands coming out of the woodwork — and new talent being discovered in the process — one rarely sees them performing in Mumbai. In fact, the only Mumbai-based bands that do keep performing are Bhayanak Maut, Demonic Resurrection, Tough On Tobacco, The Whirling Kalapas and a few others, who do sporadic gigs at venues such as Blue Frog or Hard Rock Café.
Aren’t there any other quality venues that are not pubs or bars? Where is the live music revolution that one keeps hearing about, and where are the audiences who want to see and support their local bands? Where does one hear the music that these stellar bands spend their sweat, tears and precious money recording? In fact, I keep seeing the same faces at every gig.
Over time, those same faces form their own bands and continue to play to the same audience. While it’s good that some of this music is available online, only a small bunch of people listen to it.
With all due respect, are Indian Ocean, Swarathma and Raghu Dixit the only Indian artists who can hit the international scene? These are folk-fusion acts, not rock bands!
Pentagram, Parikrama and Demonic Resurrection have played in some of the biggest festivals in Europe but hardly anyone knows about this. The news gets relegated to a flurry of Facebook / Myspace / Twitter activity, and then it dies down.
Although I wholeheartedly support all Indian bands, having one of my own, I see a very bleak future for Indian rock. It will remain so until someone decides to work for the common good and not just individual profit.