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One big karnivool at IIT-B

Australian progressive rock band play to a packed audience at IIT-B annual festival, talk about their admiration for Zakir Hussain.

education Updated: Dec 20, 2011 13:56 IST
Nirmika singh
Nirmika singh
Hindustan Times

There couldn’t have been a better climax to the first day revelry at IIT-B’s annual fest, Mood-I. Australian band Karnivool performed to cheering headbangers at the Livewire Pronite at the college campus in Powai. At their debut concert in India, the progressive rock outfit played hits like Simple boys..., Change (part 1)... and Change (part 2)... from their albums Themata (2005) and Sound Awake (2009) to an audience of over 5,000. Chennai-based alternative rock outfit Junkyard Groove opened for Karnivool.


Currently working on their third album, the band revealed in an interview that it should be out by next year. “There will be surprises in the next album, but we won’t be sure until it’s completed. Sound Awake was not the same as Themata,” said vocalist Ian Kenny.

Ask him if the band follows any Indian artiste and he says, “We admire tabla-player Zakir Hussain. And among metal bands, we’ve heard some stuff by Bhayanak Maut.”

Formed in 1997 in Perth and having undergone several line-up changes, ask Kenny what holds the band together, and he’s quick to say, “a little bit of insanity”, adding, “No, seriously, a collective love for music keeps us together.” The winner of multiple awards down under, the band has won titles like the Best Original Metal Act, Most Popular Live Act and Best Male Vocalist at the West Australian Music Industry Awards among others.

Ask Kenny for a piece of advice to struggling rockers in India, he says, “One, keep your eyes on the prize and stay focused. Two, you have to struggle to do something with your life. And third, don’t listen to anyone around you. This might sound clichéd, but listen to your heart.”

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First Published: Dec 20, 2011 13:05 IST