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In Pictures: BOMB Thursdays feat. The Lightyears Explode, The Shakey Rays

  • BOMB!
    Gig in Andheri! How often does that happen? ennui.BOMB kicked off their fortnightly gig series, BOMB Thursdays, with a night at Kino 108 on Thursday, March 14, a suburban restobar. The gig featured Chennai alt-rock act The Shakey Rays. Mumbai punk act The Lightyears Explode were to play a secret set, but hey, nothing's a secret for long when you're on Facebook, is it?

    But that wasn't all, Warner Bros Records vice president Seymour Stein was in town, and the night was a good chance to showcase some homegrown indie talent. The Shakey Rays went on first, performing a quick, two-song showcase, including one of their newer tracks.
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • Explosions
    The Lightyears Explode's showcase saw them pump up the energy, so much so that frontman Saurabh Roy inadvertently unplugged his gear, as he is wont to do.
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • Blek
    Blek's quick set saw them play 'Dancing With Wolves' and a tight rendition of 'Minus The Makeup', which was the first track they wrote as a band. The trio recently bagged the title of Best Emerging Artist at the JD Rock Awards. Check out a list of winners and a photo gallery from the ceremony.
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • Rioters use bombs, right?
    Or some such clever pun involving riots and bombs. Hardcore act The Riot Peddlers took the stage (stage space, really, as there was no real stage as such) next, but didn't... um, destroy the venue like we thought they would. The Peddlers started with 'Where's The System' and then built up the energy slowly with 'Chai Paani' and 'Bollywood Songs', with the accumulated crowd happily singing (yelling) along.

    That concluded the showcase. Stein was ensconced at a table at a corner of the venue, and quickly slipped away post the event.
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  • "Beat Boxer Supreme"
    The real BOMB Thursday began with "Beat Boxer Supreme" Alan, dropping some beats. While competent, he wasn't particularly engaging.
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  • Microphon3
    Local rapper Microphon3 joined in, with Alan providing the backing beat. Having seen the rapper perform with a live band at Liberty Theatre (check out a photo gallery and a video), and at Control ALT Delete (pics, video, report, counterpoint), we can safely say that Microphon3's setup works best with minimal backing, as was the case at Kino 108. The duo pulled off a vocal battle of sorts, before seguing into 'Mumbai Local'.
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • The Lightyears Explode(d)
    They did. The trio foursome were to play a short opening set, but ended up playing a full set, because they were having way too much fun on stage space. Roy took one look at the audience, who were standing a mere six feet away, and beckoned at the crowd to come closer.
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • Plus One
    The band now has Ronit Sarkar perform with them on guitars, backing vocals and keys, which gives their sets a much fuller sound. TLE do keep the three-piece setup intact for some songs though.
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  • "Hide the drugs and scatter!"
    The fun set saw the band play some new material, including 'Bow Down', a song that Roy mentioned would be a good cue to start a mosh pit (it didn't happen; well, not right then), the very funky 'I Am A Disco Dancer', and 'Kunj Gutka', a track that happened to feature on Bejoy Nambiar's David (more on that here) and has definite earworm potential.
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • Baby mosh.
    It wasn't all new material, though. The band also played some of their older tracks including 'Hannah', which they dedicated to everyone who'd heard of them in 2009. That was when the mini mosh pit started. Roy attempted to get a couple of digs in there as well. PS, it's his birthday today.
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  • Bringing the house down, right now.
    Overall, the set was loud and high on energy, and a lot of fun. Yes, even though you couldn't really hear the vocals. The Lightyears Explode play in the city next on April 18, more details soon.
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • The Shakey Rays
    The Shakey Rays had a markedly different sound from the preceding act, finding their space in the indie appropriation of blues.
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • Building homes
    The foursome played a seamless set to an appreciative crowd, adding a few new tracks to old favourites like 'Let's Build A Home' and 'Sleeping In The Back Of Her Car'.
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • Substitutes
    The band had Adam And The Fish Eyed Poets drummer Prabhu Muralee subbing for their original drummer Niranjan Swaminathan, who is recuperating from a foot injury. Muralee was excellent on the night, fitting in with practiced ease.
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  • Thursdays well spent.
    The band's set also saw them punctuate most tracks with extended breakdowns, which may have taken away from the efficiency of the songs themselves.

    It's safe to say that the first edition of BOMB Thursdays was a success. Cheap entry, check. Happy hours, check and check. Great music, check. The next edition takes place on March 28.
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
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