On a fine April afternoon, alternative rock outfit Junkyard Groove’s vocalist, Ameeth Thomas, was caught unaware when his three band mates announced on Facebook that they were quitting the setup.
“I still don’t know why they left. It was so sudden. Maybe they thought I had too much control over the band. But music for me is a full-time job and this is all I do,” says Ameeth.
The outbound members Siddharth Srinivasan, Jerry John and Craig Maxworth were replaced by Hudstin Fernandez on drums, Naveen Thomas Joseph on lead guitar and Sajith Satyaon on bass, within 24 hours of the Facebook announcement. “Our music has to carry on and everyone’s got to move on. Now I have these fantastic guys onboard who know the band’s music so well that for our first practice, we played 7 songs in 45 minutes without a single mistake. I was totally zapped,” says Ameeth, adding, “These guys are not really new to the set-up since Hudstin and Naveen have played with us in the past. And Sajith is this amazing 17-year-old bassist who just blew my mind when I first heard him.”
Having started out in 2005, Junkyard Groove has to its credit one album, an EP and a single. And now, the Chennai-based alternative rock band has released an acoustic EP titled, Unadorned, comprising three acoustic versions of their popular numbers Folk you…, It’s ok… and Say goodbye...
“A lot of our fans had been requesting for unplugged versions. So, before we started something new, we decided to work on this EP,” he says. One can listen to the songs on the band’s site and even download two of the three songs for free. Meanwhile, the band is planning on releasing a new single next month, “There’s no point working on a full-length album these days, since no one listens to them entirely. It’s better to keep working on singles and releasing them so there’s a continuous flow of content for listeners,” opines the 28-year-old musician.