India’s most exportable electronic rock outfit, Pentagram, has finally taken its fame online. Pentagram, for the uninitiated, is music composer Vishal Dadlani’s original claim to fame. The band comprises Randolph Correia and Shiraz Bhattacharya and Papal Mane.
After three albums, and many number one alternative hits like Voice, Electric, Rock ‘N’ Rol and This is for my people, the band is back in the recording studio composing for their next album, Bloodywood.
To familiarise fans with the project, the band has launched Penta TV online. The show will give fans an opportunity to see the making of the album, gigs, green room gossip and of course, their lifestyle. Dadlani is hugely excited, “Pentagram is like a machine. When we’re making music and recording it, we are also having a lot of fun.
Penta TV is look into our nonsensical lives — how we live, how we play, what we do backstage during gigs, how we chill. We are a noisy bunch and waste more time chilling rather than doing actual work. The episodes are leaves out of our lives,” explains Dadlani.
Correia adds, “This website will connect us, like never before, with our fans. It’s been a long journey, yet there is so much more to share and so much more to learn. Our sound, ideas and understanding of life have evolved. This is going to be an insight into, if I might say, one of the most influential bands in the country.”
The episodes will be uploaded periodically every ten days. The content will cover the making of Bloodywood, with the first episode tracing the vocal recording of Dadlani and Randolph for Mental Zero.
“Bloodywood will have 15 tracks. It’s about India’s underlying urban culture, apart from Bollywood. It’s progressive, edgy, freaky and a unique subculture. We are sharing the process of making that album with the world till it hits stores in December,” says Dadlani, who like to keep Pentagram as far away as possible from his more popular avatar as a Bollywood composer.
Vishal-Shekhar, besides currently working on Tees Maar Khan, Dostana 2, Break Ke Baad and Arjun — an animated feature, are also scouring for talent for their record label. Vishal-Shekhar Records released Raghu Dixit’s album in 2007. Since then, they’ve been on the lookout for more artistes. “Someone like Faridkot (Delhi’s folk Punjabi rock band). We feel their music is really folk-oriented yet progressive,” Dadlani adds.