In Monday’s headlines, IndiEarth launch a screening night in Chennai, Delhi hard-rockers Hundred Octane split, The ShakeDown is back and The Mavyns could be too! And Kryptos are touring Germany right now.
There’s a lot happening in the world of Indian indie music and culture every day. Here’s our pick of the daily news, served up in one handy spot. This is your Quick Fix.
IndiEarth On Screen film screenings
Chennai artist and music agency IndiEarth are set to launch bi-monthly film screening nights in Chennai that will feature indie films from here at home, as well as from across borders, and also rare documentaries and films stowed away in the archives of the Films Division of India. The first of these nights is scheduled for Wednesday, July 10th, at the Tryst Cafe on ECR at 10.30pm. The evening will feature three films – the first, Riding Solo To The Top Of The World, documents filmmaker Gaurav Jani’s inner and outer journey as he travels by motorcycle from Mumbai to the remote Changthang Plateau in Ladakh; Baba (1969) – sourced from the precious archives of Films Division of India – is a rare short film documenting the life of the legendary Ustad Allauddin Khan, guru of Pandit Ravi Shankar. The third film, Rise of the Zombie, is a zombie thriller directed by popular media personality Luke Kenny (our coverage of Rise of the Zombie here). Check out the schedule for the screenings here.
Hundred Octane’s members split in order to re-form and “bring back the Grunge era”
News reports have just come in stating that veteran Delhi hard-rock band Hundred Octane‘s vocalist/guitarist Puneet Vohra, and bassist Tushar Pandey have left the band. After just seven years together and already a total of one album to their credit, Vohra and Pandey have left the Delhi outfit seemingly due to “creative differences”. Vohra is optimistic, however. He plans on kickstarting his career as a solo musician and is also looking to form a new band because, “Its (sic) about time we bring back the Grunge era.” Whatever that means. Watch Hundred Octane cover Nirvana’s ‘Rape Me’ below.
The ShakeDown ft. DJ Uri, DJ Sa and DJ Proof
The second edition of Mumbai’s newest and most true-to-form hip-hop night has been announced. The ShakeDown on Friday, July 12, at Smaaash!, Lower Parel, will feature sets by Berlin hip-hop DJ Uri (pictured), DJ Sa and new entrant Dj Proof. Drink specials are available (Rs 500 includes entry into the venue and three drinks!). Check out a poster below and the official Facebook event page here. For updates and mostly all the information you might need on the day, stay tuned to the event on NH7 InTown here.
The Mavyns drop mysterious hint at comeback
One of India’s most endearing psychedelic rock bands The Mavyns had an impressive, however short career in Indian indie. After touring a fair bit and releasing a full-length album in the early 2010s (our review here), The Mavyns called it quits on their musical journey as a unit, and members of the band began pursuing individual projects. Over the weekend, The Mavyns released a mysterious update on their Facebook page hinting at a possible return to the scene. Not much else is known, yet. Listen to ‘Under The Streetlight’ off From The Tree of No Ledge below, and stay tuned.
Kryptos Touring Germany
A few days ago, Bangalore thrash metal and scene vets Kryptos set out to play a tour of Germany. Their first show was at the In Flammen Open Air on July 6, and they’ve got a few more shows coming up. According to their official Facebook page, bassist Jayawant Tewari won’t be joining them on tour and will instead have his slot filled by Ganesh K and Madhav Ravindranath on separate dates during the tour. Check out tour dates and a ‘The Mask of Anubis’ off Kryptos’ The Coils of Apollyon below.
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