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In Pictures: The Salt Water Creek Festival @ The Park, Belapur

  • The Salt Water Creek Festival
    The Salt Water Creek Festival (details here) was organised by a company called Mountain Leaf Media in CBD-Belapur, New Bombay.

    The venue for the event was The Park, a luxury hotel in the city and the hotel's parking lot was where the stage was set. In the upcoming three days, the festival would showcase a lot of kvlt and some pretty decent performances by the fifteen bands that participated at the event.

    Check out our gallery of photos from the festival and find out more about what went on there.
    Photo credit: Vivek Manek
  • Black Sands
    Day one at the festival was christened 'Black Sands' since it was dedicated to metal. The concert was supposed to kick-off at about 5pm but apparently the organisers had neglected to source certain police permissions necessary to pull off a live performance in the city and as a result, there was a massive delay at the festival.

    It was at about 8pm, finally, that the first band, Mumbai death metal trio Atmosfear took stage to a crowd of about 200 people.
    Photo credit: Vivek Manek
  • Atmosfear
    The three-piece act have been around since 2005 and consist of Bruce McKoy on guitars and vocals, Mayank Sharma (also of Zygnema) on drums and Roshan Samuel on bass.

    The band hadn't played anywhere in the last year before this outing at the Salt Water Creek Festival.
    Photo credit: Vivek Manek
  • Hell Unleashed. Not.
    The band played a short, three song set that featured their song 'Hell Unleashed'. The band, though, seemed rusty, performing with very little energy and failing to connect with the small crowd of teenagers who had gathered at the festival, thereby ensuring no hell was unleashed.

    The fact that they didn't have much time to do a soundcheck didn't help either. Atmosfear failed to satisfy, giving us one of the most underwhelming performances at the festival.
    Photo credit: Vivek Manek
  • Sceptre
    The next band on the bill were Mumbai thrash metal veterans Sceptre. The band have returned to stage after a host of line-up changes and are currently recording their new album Age Of Calamity at Demonic Studios.

    The band's performance was one we were looking forward to and it turned out to be one of the better performances that night.
    Photo credit: Vivek Manek
  • Wrath Of The Gods
    The band played a three-song set featuring material from their upcoming album Age Of Calamity. The album will feature songs like 'Wrath Of The Gods', which is about natural calamities and how no one can control them.

    The newer material sees the band take a more br00tal direction as opposed to the more melodic-Metallica-esque sound they had before.
    Photo credit: Vivek Manek
  • ENERGEH!!!
    The band livened up proceedings at the festival, shaking most attendees out of the general stupor they were in and coercing them to form the first circle pit at the event.
    Photo credit: Vivek Manek
  • Metchul
    The metalheads at the festival were pretty happy with Sceptre's brand of heavy thrash metal and indicated their approval by speedily nodding their heads as the band played their twenty minute slot.
    Photo credit: Vivek Manek
  • Devoid
    Up next were another thrash metal band from Mumbai, Devoid. The four-piece had also announced a new EP titled The Invasion, back in 2012 and two of the songs from their set are part of the EP. The band played a tight, energetic set that had audience members forming larger, more br00tal circle pits.
    Photo credit: Vivek Manek
  • The Brahma Weapon
    The band's upcoming EP is called The Invasion and is about a bunch of super-beings who we thought were our gods but actually are beings who will murder us all or something to that effect.

    The EP features a song called 'The Brahma Weapon' and vocalist Arun Iyer introduced the song by saying, "This song shares the name with one of the worst bands in the country!"
    Photo credit: Vivek Manek
  • Zygnema
    After Devoid, Zygnema took the stage. This was the band's last show in Mumbai with their bassist Ravi Satpute, who is moving to the Czech Republic.

    As expected, the band played a tight, emotionally charged set at the festival.
    Photo credit: Vivek Manek
  • Groove
    The band's efficient brand of groovy metal saw many takers and many more mosh pits. It seemed like the majority of the people at the gig had come to watch Zygnema. The band quickly powered through their set, playing material from their album Born Of Unity, including the title track.
    Photo credit: Vivek Manek
  • Demonic Resurrection
    Zygnema took a little more time to finish their set than necessary and slightly delayed Mumbai blackened death metal vets Demonic Resurrection. The band came on stage at almost 10:10pm and took a little while to finish their soundcheck, effectively cutting down on their performance time.
    Photo credit: Vivek Manek
  • The Unrelenting Surge Of Vengance
    The band performed only one song at the festival, but did not lose any intensity, playing to a near-empty venue. Vocalist Makhija pretty graciously thanked everyone present at the venue before walking off the stage, giving an end to a pretty underwhelming first day at the Salt Water Creek Festival in New Bombay.
    Photo credit: Vivek Manek
  • Winit Tikoo Band
    The second day at the festival kicked-off pretty late too, with the organisers being unable to manage soundchecks on time. The first band to play that evening was the Winit Tikoo Band, featuring Kashmiri-born singer-songwriter Winit Tikoo.
    Photo credit: Vivek Manek
  • Tamasha
    The set featured songs like 'Paagal' and 'Tamasha', a song about India's politicians. Tikoo's set was generally efficient but not very energetic or special in any sense.
    Photo credit: Vivek Manek
  • Coshish
    Hindi progressive rock band Coshish took the stage after Winit Tikoo, taking a long time to hang up some bedroom curtains on stage.

    The band used a projector to project some random Hollywood sci-fi visuals on stage while they played their music. It was a very confusing, badly lit set with unclear vocals but most people seemed wowed by it.

    Most people also seemed to be friends of the band.
    Photo credit: Vivek Manek
  • Paradigm Shift
    Thane Hindi progressive rock/metal band Paradigm Shift were next on the lineup. The band played an efficient set but their vocals were not audible over their other instruments, thereby rendering parts of the set limp.
    Photo credit: Vivek Manek
  • Khwaabon Mein
    The band kicked off their set with 'Khwaabon Mein', following it up with 'Dhuaan' and ending their set with 'Coalescence'. All three songs feature on their debut album Coalescence.

    Paradigm Shift's energetic set was met with much appreciation from the sparse crowd of a hundred and fifty people or so.
    Photo credit: Vivek Manek
  • Blakc
    Up next were Mumbai alt rock/grunge quintet Blakc. The band had released their second album Motheredland back in 2012 and played more material from it.
    Photo credit: Vivek Manek
  • Rift
    Blakc's performance was energetic and efficient, even though vocalist Shawn Pereira couldn't be heard over the other instruments for most part of the gig. The band seemed to be in great shape, as they belted out songs like 'Untitled' and 'Rift' for the benefit of the crowd.
    Photo credit: Vivek Manek
  • "I've just been rescued...."
    Shawn Pereira told a rather entertaining story of how he was rescued from a Mahesh Bhatt film set just so he could perform at the gig. It was, like their set, well-recieved by the audience.
    Photo credit: Vivek Manek
  • Junkyard Groove
    The Chennai alt-rock quartet were the final band on Day 2 of the festival. The day was called 'Mangroove' and it is possible that this was a pun related to the final band playing on stage at the festival on that day.

    Junkyard Groove have gone through various lineup changes and featured ex-ex guitarist Siddharth Srinivisan on guess-what, Sajith Satya on bass, Hudston Fernandes on the drums and Ameeth Thomas on vocals, for this show.
    Photo credit: Vivek Manek
  • "It's OK...
    ...it's alright", 'Imagine' and 'Thank You' were among some of the old songs the band played to the sparse audience. Ameeth Thomas may have been disappointed by the poor turnout but still gave a great show that saw fans asking for more and more.
    Photo credit: Vivek Manek
  • Screw Control
    The band's new composition 'Screw Control' was a set highlight and the super energetic performance got people who had been standing in one place for hours to move and jump around along with Thomas.
    Photo credit: Vivek Manek
  • Shirt: On!
    Thomas is generally known for losing his shirt when he plays at gigs but this time he decided to switch it up by dropping his pants on stage.

    Junkyard Groove gave one of the best performances at the festival and the second day ended very well for everyone present.
    Photo credit: Vivek Manek
  • Konnect
    Day three at the festival was called 'Green Mist' for some reason. The organisers apparently wanted it to have something to do with nature and we all know that nature is full of green mist so it all made sense.

    Going with the nature of the day, the first band on stage were called Konnect. "We are a group of individuals who are very different but we are connected in some way or another - so we are Konnect," said the vocalist.
    Photo credit: Vivek Manek
  • Weed!
    The band seemed very fond of sitting around and playing random things on each of their instruments, as we saw, throughout their set. Three of their songs featured random improvised drum, bass and guitar solos. Separate ones.

    The band's set consisted of songs like 'Weed', which was about weed and had really indecipherable lyrics, prompting us to think that the band might be smoking a lot more than just weed. Konnect, it seemed, were one of the worst bands at the festival until we saw...
    Photo credit: Vivek Manek
  • Concrete Junglee!
    Concrete Junglee are a punk rock band from Navi Mumbai who have as little to do with punk as Nickelback have to do with rainforest preservation. The band's songs had pretty awful lyrics and also performed a cover of 'Zombie' by The Cranberries.

    Konnect and Concrete Junglee were two of the worst acts we have ever seen live. In our life. Seriously.
    Photo credit: Vivek Manek
  • Moksh
    After Concrete Junglee, Marathi rock/raaga metal band Moksh performed on stage. The band's music wasn't terrible but their feeble crowd interaction skills and boring stage presence provided a dead performance.

    The band performed songs like 'Hava Nava Itihaas' and 'Taandav'.
    Photo credit: Vivek Manek
  • NerveRek
    Progressive rock/metal band NerveRek took the stage after Moksh. The band have been around for a long time but their music didn't seem to indicate anything of the sort.

    The band kicked off their set with a Pain Of Salvation cover, playing a couple of originals like 'Dreams And The Ocean' and 'People Passing By'.

    The band also covered 'Ashes' by Pain of Salvation again.
    Photo credit: Vivek Manek
  • 'Juon'
    The band's ten song set ended with the song 'Juon'. NerveRek features Arjun Dhanraj on vocals and guitars, Ishan Krishna on bass and Daniel Kenneth Rego on lead guitars.

    The band's set was rather disappointing, most of their music being lost in the over-wrought song constructions.
    Photo credit: Vivek Manek
  • Motherjane
    The final day at the festival was headlined by Kochi progressive rock band Motherjane. The band have seen a shift in their lineup after guitarist Baiju Dharmajan and vocalist Suraj Mani left the band due to various reasons.

    The current line-up features John Thomas on the drums, Clyde Rozario on bass, Deepu Sasidharan and Santosh Chandran on guitar, and Vivek Thomas on vocals.
    Photo credit: Vivek Manek
  • The Late Motherjane
    The band started their set pretty late, having commenced their soundcheck only at about 10:15pm. Most fans had at this point thought that the band won't be performing but the band did start off just before the clock hit 10:30pm.
    Photo credit: Vivek Manek
  • Fields Of Sound
    We're not sure if it was that the cops liked Motherjane's music or that it had been arranged for them to 'disappear', but the band went on to play a fairly long set covering material like 'Chasing The Sun', 'Fields Of Sound', 'Maya' and 'Mindstreet'.

    Motherjane's set was not one of the most interesting sets at the festival and the original songs done by a largely different band didn't seem to have a great impact on the audience.

    That ended our trip to the Salt Water Creek Festival in Belapur, Navi Mumbai. Check NH7.in again soon to find out more about why the festival was organised, among other things.
    Photo credit: Vivek Manek


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