The Mumbai-based electro-pop band, Laxmi Bomb, has had an eventful first year. After releasing their first EP — called H(Om) — earlier this year, the four-member ensemble is already out with their second — Mah’Bharat. We talk to the vocalist, Keegan Pereira, about their music, the EP, and more.How has the one-year journey been for the band?
It has been amazing so far. We didn’t expect to get so much exposure in just a year. Our participation in Ragasthan 2013 (a music festival heldin Rajasthan), and the making of two EPs was memorable. We are also looking forward to our participation in the upcoming Ziro Festival of Music (in Arunachal Pradesh).
Tell us about Mah’Bharat.
Unlike our first album, which was more Mumbai-centric, the landscape of Mah’Bharat is pan India. The EP has tracks such as ‘Andaman eve’, ‘Keralite’ and ‘Shillong train running’. This album is about having pride in our country. We have shot the video in Andaman. It is a rendition of the epic Mahabharat, and represents the similarities between then and now.
The artwork on the EP cover has drawn a lot of attention.
Since our music reflects upon real-life happenings, we put a lot of thought in the artwork as well. The cover shows a woman whose pallu is being pulled by people (symbolic of Draupadi in Mahabharat). We have tried to represent the current scenario of our country, where women are still in trouble. The other imagery we have created is of crime, politics, police and the behaviour of the Indian public.
How would you describe your sound?
It’s a misconception that we perform Bollywood tracks. We call our sound ‘local’. Our songs are a take on the life of Indians. Laxmi represents someone who is from India (referring to the Goddess) and Bomb is the essence of the west. So, we try to balance the two. Though our lyrics are in English, our sound is rustic and local. Most indie artistes try to be more western, but we represent India.
What are the challenges that indie bands face in India?
At a personal level, we feel satisfied with the work we do, and the kind of response we get from the audience. But monetarily, there is a lot of scope for improvement. The budgets are bad. That is why indie bands in India suffer. There is potential to improve in that area.