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It?s no illusion, just hard rock

All of them are about 12-13 years old, but already they are screaming their guts out to announce their arrival.

india Updated: Jul 18, 2003 16:06 IST

All of them are about 12-13 years old, but already they are screaming their guts out to announce their arrival. Their voices have not yet acquired the adult baritone, but they already singing like Axl Rose. This, even as their delicate fingers pluck the strings to do a vertical guitar stunt, a la Slash of Guns N Roses.
They are members of Illusion, a hard rock outfit, and probably one of the youngest in the country. In what would be their first professional concert, they will perform tomorrow at the 32nd Milestone, Gurgaon.

Must catch them live, for in the Gurgaon residence of drummer Abhinav Yogesh, student of Class 8 at the Shriram School (DLF) where they practise every evening, neighbours folk together to hear them. “If we close our doors and practise, they tell us to keep them open so that they can hear us,” says Yogesh, whose favourite drummer is Metallica’s Lars Ulrich.

Meanwhile, lead guitarist Tejasvam Singh’s favourite international guitar player is Metallica’s Kurk Hamette. “I like the way he jumps around,” says Singh who is also learning Hindustani classical and Carnatic music.

Their classmate Shashvat Pandit, who is in the rhythm guitars and vocals, is very serious about music. A fan of Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath, he says there is a risk in taking Western music as a profession only if you are not good. “If you are good, there should be no hassle,” she says with confidence. This, even as their friend and guitar player Akhil Anand voices his dislike for Britney Spears and Daler Mehndi.

Joining them as a guest member is Sonam Mahajan, bass player, who has just enrolled herself in Jesus & Mary College to study Economics. She has been learning to play bass for a while, but she doesn’t want to rest till she gets the top-level certificate from Trinity College, London, no less.

So what will they play tomorrow? Well, the list is impressive. Sweet child of mine by G N R, Come as you are and Smells like teen spirit by Nirvana, Paranoid by Black Sabbath and Knocking on Heaven’s door, no, the last one is not the G N R version. “We have put in our own music in this song. So it is our version,” says Pandit.

The experiment has began, but only time will tell if their redefined rock survives the grind of the graveyard.

First Published: Jul 17, 2003 13:38 IST