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Meet the eco rockers: Solar Punch

New-York based rock band Solar Punch is ready to eco-rock the city with its original songs sung on solar powered amplifiers.

music Updated: Nov 15, 2011 00:29 IST
Chetna Dua

New-York based rock band Solar Punch is ready to eco-rock the city with its original songs sung on solar powered amplifiers.

Who are they?
An eco-friendly rock band with a mission. They create music on environmental issues like climate change, water conservation and waste recycle.

Why this name?
They think it’s a powerful name and since they are 100% powered on solar energy, they thought it would be apt for them.

How are they different?
They do not use any artificial sources of energy like electricity. The amplifiers and music systems they use are completely charged on solar energy.

How long have they been around?
The band was started in 2007 in New York by Alan Bigelow, a research scientist, along with James Conkling, a video producer and fellow musician.

Why a solar band?
A chance presentation on solar amplifier en-tour Morraco with the band ‘Circus Guy’ inspired Alan and James to use this natural form of energy for their band.

What is their kind of music?
They like to play rock-n-roll music. Since their music comes with an eco-friendly theme, they call it eco-rock.

How many Albums have they released till now?
They have two albums to their credit. The first album called ‘Surya’ was released in 2009 after their first tour to India. The second album, released in October this year, offers ‘solutions for environmental issues’.

What makes them click?
The respect they have for each other as musicians. Though Jo and Andrew joined in later, travelling together across India has brought them closer. They are more like brothers than band members now.

What sets them apart from other bands?
First their theme, and then the multilingual lyrics in Hindi, Sanskrit, French, Tamil and Telugu, apart from English.

How many times have they come to India?
This is their fourth trip. They visited India last in February 2011.

Their most memorable performance?
When they performed for a crowd of thousands on the roads of Mumbai as part of the Greenathon in January 2009.

How do they find Delhi?
They love performing in Delhi as the audience here is very enthusiastic. They say the youth in the Capital is ready for change.

Andrew Mattina
The bass guitarist of the band, also analyses financial matters for Milbank Tweed.

James Conklin
The guitarist and vocalist of the band, is also a video producer and animator.

Allan Bigelow
The band’s vocalist and guitarist, holds a Phd in Physics and works as a research scientist at Columbia University.

Joe Mitch
The drummer of the band, he is also an archivist at Gary Null Associates.

November 20
* Where: Rajiv Gandhi Renewable Energy Park, sector 29, Gurgaon
* Entry: Free
* Time: 11am to 2pm
* Nearest Metro Station: IFFCO Chowk on Yellow Line
* For passes contact: 0124-2575616

November 23
* Where: Huda Gymkhana Club, sector 29, Gurgaon
* Entry: By passes
* Time: 7pm onwards
* Nearest Metro Station: IFFCO Chowk on Yellow Line
* For passes contact: 0124-2575616

November 24
* Where: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
* Entry: By passes
* Time: 7pm onwards
* Nearest Metro Station: Green Park on Yellow Line
* For passes contact: 011-41646383/ Routes2Roots, R-19 Hauz Khas from November 15

(as told to Chetna Dua)