They are perhaps one of the city’s oldest alternative rockers who have been combining rock riffs with techno and electronica samples. After a two-year lull, Medusa is back in action with a new album underway. “We have been working on this album for the past three and a half years. It’s going to be a lot different from our earlier stuff that we’ve written. It’s a natural progression for us,” says Rakshit Tewari, vocalist of Medusa, which has previously been featured on British producer John Leckie’s India showcase album Soundpad in 2009. They also performed at Great Escape Festival in Brighton and continued their UK tour to Cardiff, Oxford, Liverpool and London in the same year.
With Rahul Nandkarni on guitars, Siddharth Shah on bass and Harsh Kalangale on drums – the quartet have been mixing contemporary alternative rock with hip-hop, electronica and techno for the last six years. Citing The Smashing Pumpkins and The Cure as their influences, Medusa was one of the first few bands to mix samples with their music. Their songs ‘Hilltop…’ and ‘I become high…’ are already crowd favourites.
“We have been spending a lot of time in the studio and have been re-developing our sound. With electronica, more is also less. Our new album will be very different from anything we have been played earlier. We plan to have a major release soon, hopefully before the year ends,” says Tewari, who confirms that an India tour is in the pipeline as well. “For now we will be playing two new songs from our upcoming album – ‘Maybe it’s open tonight…’ and ‘I become high…’,” says Tewari.