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Canadian band Two Hours Traffic wins an Indian spring tour, performs in city today.

music Updated: Mar 29, 2011 13:53 IST
Sharin Bhatti

City pop revellers can chance upon a quaint indie-pop band from Canada, as Two Hours Traffic is expected to play at Hard Rock Café tonight. Though the name might not ring a bell, their music does strike a chord. Those who’ve been catching up on prime-time TV shows can’t miss their songs. From Jezebel… that was featured on Castle and Gossip Girl, to Limelight…, their first track that made it to an episode of OC, Two Hours Traffic has been constantly scoring tunes on popular daily television in the US and India.

But for the decade-old band, coming to India was the stuff competitions are made of. Founder member and guitarist, Alec O Hanley explains how they beat 600 artistes to win an Indian spring tour. “Our manager Adam signed us up for the competition and that’s how we got here,” says Hanley, who adds that India is a new venue of interest for young alternative bands in North America.

“We have toured the world and played in South-East Asia as well. But somehow we never made it to India. We have been hearing good things about the country opening up as a great place to tour. Even China is an interesting nation that is inviting bands to tour. We are really excited,” says Hanley. The band is on a three-city tour and after performing in New Delhi and Mumbai, will be headed to Bengaluru next, before flying home.

Two Hours Traffic is a pop band that grew up playing in Charlottetown, Canada. From jamming in garages to one-room apartments, Hanley and his friends, Liam Corcoran on lead vocals, Andrew Mc Donald on bass and Derek Ellis on drums like to sing songs about happy, everyday life. “We do a lot of girl-boy stuff and pick on changing human emotions. We are sure that we want to play happy music. Brooding is not our style,” says Hanley, who works as a middle school teacher.

The band has released three albums and two EPs with many No 1 singles and the Polaris Music Prize under their belt, yet Hanley says, “Music doesn't pay the bills. We all have day jobs, which are convenient. This way we can write songs and tour with the band.”

Catch Two Hours Traffic performs at Hard Rock Café tonight, 9.30pm. Entry Rs100