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Jazzing it up differently

music Updated: Jul 04, 2011 00:23 IST

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Who are they?

The band is called The Jass B’stards. They call their music as Latino avant-garde disco.

Why should you care?

The band has well established musicians who don’t allow their innate musicality to get in the way of a good tune. Sometimes only one chord is enough for them. Occasionally, they will dispense with chords altogether.

How long have they been around?

The band formed during a skit in the cult variety cabaret show - The Stiff Kittens’ Medicine Show at TLR Café in Haus Khas Village, about two years ago.

Why this name?

The Jass B’stards don’t really play jazz, but possibly a bastardisation of this form. Hence the name.

What makes them click?

According to the band, there are many things that make them click. Among them are really zany things like old ladies with blue rinse hair, stereo LP demonstration recordings, unsettled dust, the smell of damp cats, blue green algae, bric-a-brac sales in small provincial towns, rock pools and life forms contained therein, lying face down on dew sodden lawns, poorly translated chinese food menus, creaky wooden stairs, and k.c. and the sunshine band.

They love to perform in Delhi. Why is that?

The band loves to perform and will play anywhere. Delhi is full of enthusiasm, energy and fun freaks. That’s why they like to perform here.

What are they remembered for?

Their drummer Nikhil recently contacted autism and on occasion is prone to suffer from fits. He tries to conceal these by launching into highly erratic drum solos the likes of which necessitate intervention from his band members. The audience of course think it’s an act and this certainly gives a unique twist to the band’s live shows.

Are they socially active?

Yes, you can know more about them by checking their Facebook page - Jass B’stards, Stiff Kittens Inc.

Catch them live

What: Jass B’stards Live
Where: Zook, 3rd Community Complex, PVR Saket
When: 9th July, Saturday
Entry Fee: Free
Time: 9pm onwards
Nearest Metro Station: Malviya Nagar on the Yellow Line