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Gig Preview: India Rock Weekend

Indus Creed, Pentagram and Junkyard Groove play Blue Frog, Mumbai this weekend as a part of the India Rock Weekend. You shouldn’t ideally miss these gigs!

6 Apr, 2012

Naman Saraiya

Contributing Writer

Have you ever looked at a gig lineup and felt complete confusion as to what performances are worth your hard-earned cash, time and precious auditory sensibilities? Well have no fear, we preview gigs here.

Blue Frog, Mumbai will host six rock acts from across the country starting this evening, and running right up to Sunday. The event coincides with the Mumbai edition of Sunburn Festival, that kicks off today and goes on all weekend at Tulip Star, Juhu on all days (deets here). Kicking off the event today are local rock vets Indus Creed,as they prep for the launch of their first album in over a decade. Indus Creed are also plotting a tour of the middle east, and will play two dates – one in Abu Dhabi and one in Dubai (deets here). They will be supported by city grunge act Blakc, who will play an acoustic set. Blakc are also prepping their sophomore album, the follow-up to Choking On A Dream, to be released later this year.

Saturday, April 7 will see electro-rock giants Pentagram take the stage at the Lower Parel venue for the first time in over four years. This is also Pentagram’s first gig in the city in a almost five months, the last one being the Ray Ban Never Hide Sounds Finale at Bandra Fort, with Blek (who recently released an EP – deets, photos and stream) and Something Relevant. Frontman Dadlani tells us that “they’re not going to be machines on stage,” but will have fun. Also, since they “haven’t got much time to rehearse, we don’t know what to expect, but we’re going to get in and play, as long as we’re having fun – because sometimes it’s just best to let it be that way.” Pentagram swept the JD Rock Awards 2012 (photos here; and this), in February winning in almost every category they were nominated for. Opening the night for the electro-rockers will be Sky Rabbit, who recently launched their debut album as well (interview here; review here).

The India Rocks Weekend will close with Chennai alt-rockers Junkyard Groove, in their all new lineup (since this), with frontman Ameeth Thomas still holding fort. The boys from the south have been performing live frequently this year, and are playing a national tour this month. We caught up with Thomas, who was in the middle of soundcheck for their gig at High Spirits, Pune tonight. “Just expect the usual Junkyard (Groove) kind of fun. The thing with too much planning is that it fucks things up, so I don’t like doing it. (In Delhi) we played according the audience.” He also promised not to take his shirt off, something that is now a staple gig moment for the alt rockers. In December last year, JYG also played the opening set for Aussie-prog rock giants Karnivool at IIT, Mumbai. Supporting the alt-rockers will be local newbies Spud In The Box, members of whom also played the singer-songwriter Night at the Lower Parel venue earlier this week.

Stream some of the music on offer right here

    Check out the gig poster below.

    Massive Weekend

    Entry on Friday and Saturday is Rs 500, post 9pm and Rs 300 on Sunday, post 9pm. Entry free, before 9pm on all days. Special three-day passes available for Rs 1000.

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