If ‘Mindstreet…’ and ‘Fields of sound…’ enchanted you with their addictive Carnatic-influenced riffs and fervent vocals, you have a lot to look forward to Motherjane’s newest offering. The rock outfit, comprising Suraj Mani (vocalist and lyricist) John Thomas (drums), Clyde D Rozario (bass), and Deepu Sashidharan and Santhosh Chandran (guitars), has just released their new single ‘No contest…’ with lyrics that speak out against rampant corruption in the nation. “The song came naturally to us. All of us hesitate to fight corruption as the existing laws are designed to make us law-breakers. We need to recognise our systems and laws for what they are — conceptual chains to bind the moral man and free the immoral one,” says Suraj.
Formed in 1996, the band completes 15 years in business. Ask Suraj about the journey so far and he recounts, “It’s been amazing to see how our lives have become intertwined within the band. We all get a kick out of making people smile with our music, and that’s what has got us this far. Our band reflects the accumulative efforts of all our attitudes,” says he.
Having released two albums and two singles in the past, the years have also witnessed an evolution in the sonic-scape of the band, “Our first album has huge overtones of progressive rock with some Indian elements. With our second album, the Carnatic touch grew and became our identity. But one thing that’s constant is that we let the song decide what it wants to be. And that is why ‘No contest…’ is so in-your-face,” says Suraj.
Last year, the band bagged the ‘Most Popular Act of Asia’ at AVIMA Awards, with vocalist Suraj being awarded the Best Rock Vocalist. The same year saw them ranking first in Rock Street Journal’s Bands of the Decade. In spite of these honours, Suraj maintains, “Awards don’t change the work you’ve done. What changes is the way society perceives you. It’s the icing on the cake — but not the cake itself — that is actually the work you’ve done.” For now, the band is baking yet another cake — composing for a third album that should be out sometime in the near future.