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Sky Rabbit performs in Mumbai

Get ready for some head-banging as Sky Rabbit, an indie/alternative band, performs in the city tonight. Guitarist Rahul Nadkarni tells us what the band is all about.

music Updated: Jan 18, 2012 00:54 IST
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Hindustan Times

Get ready for some head-banging as Sky Rabbit, an indie/alternative band, performs in the city tonight. Guitarist Rahul Nadkarni tells us what the band is all about.

What sort of music can we expect from Sky Rabbit?
We are an alternative, indie and post-punk band. The music keeps changing from song to song. Though the guitars, bass, drums and vocals remain throughout the album, we are always toying with new sounds and sampling different things for our tracks.

How and when did the band come together?
We met six years ago under some special circumstances in college.

You have changed your name from Medusa to Sky Rabbit. Why so?
The name change had been coming for a while. Ideally we would have liked to change it when our sound changed from progressive metal to indie, but we dragged our feet about it a little bit. After we released our first EP Survival Off The Fittest, a couple of band members left and we began sampling their parts. That’s when the shift in sound started. We were just beginning to experiment with programming music at the point and I guess it just grew from there.

What do you think people remember most about your gigs?
What we’ve heard from people the most is that we don’t sound like anyone they’ve heard before.

What do you think of the music scene in the country? Has it changed over the years?
It has definitely changed and I’m sure it’ll keep changing and growing. From the time we started, we’ve seen it change quite a lot. The last three-four years have been a very good time for the independent scene here. There are more venues cropping up, festivals are being pulled off and in general, things have become a lot more professional.

What, according to you, has been the most inspiring song or event or artist for the band?
I don’t think we can pick any one band or event that has shaped us in such a significant way. We listen to too much music to be able to narrow it down.

Do you guys enjoy performing in Delhi? Why?
Yeah, we love playing in most of the cities in the country because you’re playing in a new place to a new crowd. But, we’re really looking forward to play in Delhi because it has been a while since we’ve played there last and we have good memories of playing there.

Would you say Delhi inspires artists?
I think where you live filters down into the music that you make, in one way or the other. So I’m sure Delhi, like any other space, inspires artists.

Tell us something about your album?
The album basically documents the songs that we’ve written over the last three years. They’ve evolved quite a lot from the scratch songs we wrote way back and the versions you hear on the album are where those songs are now.

If you could play at any gig in the world, where would it be?
Probably Glastonbury in the UK.

What special have you planned for your performance today?
We’re launching our debut album, so we’ll be playing the final versions of all the songs that have been floating around for the longest time. And we’ve selected a whole bunch of visual material to project around the place while we play. So, it’s definitely going to be a gig that’s different from the ones we have played before.

Catch them live:
What: Sky Rabbit Album Launch Tour
When: January 18
Timing: 10pm onwards
Entry: Free before 9pm, Rs 300 after 9pm
Where: Blue Frog, The Kila, Seven Style Mile, Mehrauli
Nearest Metro Station: Mehrauli on the Yellow Line

First Published: Jan 17, 2012 16:56 IST