It’s been more than 20 years, but the Indian indie rock fan’s ears can instantly recognise a certain mellifluous rasp belting out a harmonic Pretty child, which was also India’s first music video to air on the then new MTV. Indus Creed had given India its first rock anthem. Suddenly, rock shows and stars were watchable celebrities too.
The original Rock ‘n’ Roll Renegades, like their album namesake, disbanded in the early 2000s. Now its front man and vocalist Uday Benegal, guitarist Mahesh Tinaikar and keyboardist Zubin Balaporia are bringing Indus Creed back with a new line-up and sound. They will play their first gig tonight.
Drummer Jai Row Kavi and bassist Jayesh Gandhi are the new members on board. Benegal is obviously excited. “We disbanded in the ’90s when I went to New York. I moved back to the city two years ago and was busy with other things – movies and playback singing. But reviving the band has been on my mind for long. I am happy its finally working out,” says an elated Benegal, who like many of his rocker colleagues got bitten by the Bollywood bug and sang Life is crazy for Wake Up Sid (2009).
After dabbling in filmmaking, getting back on stage was always a priority informs Benegal. “When I moved back to India, I got in touch with Rushad and Mark (former band members) to revive Indus Creed. They had given me the go-ahead since they are in different parts of the world,” says Benegal, who describes the new Indus Creed as contemporary, high-energy melodic rock band with a bit of electronica thrown in.
“We have always been a band that has stressed on melodies and harmonies. But since we all have changed and grown as musicians, we are going to put in new elements to our music.” First on the list is a tour; and of course recording and making new music. “We should be able to release a digital EP sometime soon and make a music video too, provided there is space to air it in the current scenario. But we will be performing a lot,” Benegal adds.