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Indus Creed returns with a new album

music Updated: Apr 16, 2012 14:10 IST
Nikhil Hemrajani
Nikhil Hemrajani
Hindustan Times
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You couldn’t have grown up in the ’90s and not heard Indus Creed. Formerly known as Rock Machine, the band was popular for classics like ‘Pretty child’ and ‘Trapped’. In 1995, the Indi-rock outfit changed its name to Indus Creed, and launched its final album. It disbanded two years later.

Now, 17 years after their last stint, the band has regrouped for a new album, Evolve, that will be released later this month by Universal Music India. Comprising eight songs, the album features a new bassist and drummer, Rushad Mistry and Jai Row Kavi, and most of the original lineup — vocalist Uday Benegal, guitarist Mahesh Tinaikar and keyboardist Zubin Balaporia.

Ask Benegal what it’s been like songwriting and recording in the studio again as Indus Creed and he says, “We started working on Evolve a year and a half ago, and Rushad and Jai have brought fresh energy to the band. The new album packs in a much bigger sonic palate: it has progressive rock influences but is definitely contemporary. It’s the most emotional one we’ve ever put out.”

According to Benegal, the album opener, ‘Fireflies’, was composed in 2008 for a side project, Whirling Kalapas. “Mahesh and I originally wrote it as an acoustic number featuring the mandolin and guitar. It was Zubin’s idea to bring it into the new album. Now it’s more rock,” Benegal says.

While ‘Fireflies’ may be one of the more accessible songs in the album, Uday hopes that ‘Come around’ gets its due appreciation too. “We have a special fondness for it. It’s not the type of song you’ll love the first time you hear it, but it’ll grow on you. Mark (Selwyn) our original bass player loved it too,” he says.

Benegal is also happy that they managed to get sound engineer Tim Palmer to mix the album. The prolific artiste, whose roster includes Pearl Jam’s Ten, Porcupine Tree’s In Absentia and U2’s All That You Can’t Leave Behind, worked on the songs from Austin, Texas. “We collaborated entirely over the Internet. We’d courier our sessions to him, and he’d mix the tunes and send them back,” Benegal says.

So will we see a chart-topping music video like the one for ‘Pretty child’? “It depends on Universal, but if there is one, ‘Fireflies’ will be the song,” Uday says, adding that the band tour across India from May 1 onwards.

For more information, visit the band’s official website