Regulars on the indie music circuit will certainly have seen Sky Rabbit perform. Formerly known as Medusa, the band even enjoyed a tour of the UK in 2008, after being selected for the British Council’s Soundpad programme. Better still, they have recorded two songs with veteran English producer John Leckie, who has worked with the members of The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Radiohead.
So what prompted this prolific band to change their name? “It’s something we wanted to do for the longest time, probably around three to four years ago when we started experimenting with electronic music,” says the band’s 25-year-old singer, Raxit Tewari, adding, “We always knew that Medusa was just a working title, it was just a matter of time.”
Scheduled to release their eponymous debut album on January 10, the band’s 24-year-old guitarist Rahul Nadkarni explains that along with the change in name, comes a change in their music too. “If you look at the songs we released on our first EP ‘Survival Of The Fittest’ about five years ago, you’ll find that the sound is completely different. You could call it progressive and industrial with lots of riffs and keyboards. But now it leans towards indie and post-punk. All nine songs in the album evoke emotions, such as nostalgia.” Just returning after performing in Bangalore and Hyderabad, Sky Rabbit is set to play in Mumbai this week, followed by performances in Pune, Delhi, Kolkata and a smaller tour of the North East.
With the official launch of the album this month, will fans have to wait for another six years to hear their next piece of work? “Definitely not,” Raxit says, adding, “We’ve already completed three quarters of the next album, but we’ll take the EPs and singles route next time around. If you’ve written a song, it makes sense to get it out as soon as possible.”
Visit Sky Rabbit’s Facebook page at http://goo.gl/7QZ7i and watch them perform at Blue Frog, Lower Parel on January 4, 10 pm onwards. Entry Rs 300