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The Red Bull Tour Bus Makes Its First Stop

  • The bus is here!
    You've been hearing a lot about the Red Bull Tour Bus lately, yes? You know of how the bus is a traveling gig venue, that folds out into a performance stage all Transformers-style. Oh, the possibilities! The Red Bull Tour Bus hosted its first ever gig over the weekend, in a hangar at Wilson College Gymkhana on Saturday, October 5. At this point, many hours before the gig, the bus was a tad dwarfed by the venue.
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • And so it begins...
    Comedian Rohan Joshi proved to be an able host, kicking off the gig and keeping the proceedings running over the course of the evening.
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  • Spud In The Box
    The young Mumbai act now have the distinction of being the first to play on the Red Bull Tour Bus stage. They played their set with two members short, and slightly stripped-down versions of their songs.
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  • Pay attention, please!
    The band used their short set to bust out tracks from their debut EP Attention Please (our review), as well as a James Blake cover.
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  • Look up, not down.
    Just half an hour into the evening and the bus was already drawing a growing crowd.
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  • Bling Uncle
    Bling Uncle was around too, sans his usual colourful raiment. He told NH7 editor Arjun S Ravi that the reason he wasn't in his usual getup was, "It's a free gig, so I didn't make an effort."
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  • The ascenscion
    Ever wondered how one actually gets up onto that stage? The Supersonics' Avinash Chordia demonstrates.
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  • The Supersonics
    The Kolkata quartet are currently traveling on the bus for the western leg of its tour, with pit stops at Nashik, Ahmedabad and the Bacardi NH7 Weekender, Pune, where they will headline the Red Bull Tour Bus stage (check out the full lineup of the bus here).
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  • Ananda Sen
    The Supersonics played a balls-to-the-wall set with all their heavy hitters including '170', 'Collar Me', 'Hey Aloha' and, of course, 'Yeah Whatever'.
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  • Rohan Ganguli
    The band are currently prepping the follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut album Maby Baking. This sophomore effort is being produced by none other than Miti Adhikari (who's worked with the likes of Radiohead and the Foo Fighters, and Indian indies like menwhopause and Nischay Parekh).
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  • But of course
    The set ended with a singalong of 'Yeah Whatever', keeping Mumbai fans extremely happy.
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  • Your Chin
    Raxit Tewari aka Your Chin was up next, playing on the much lower stage near the foot of the bus.
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  • Going places.
    Kicking off with 'Different Turn', the quick set encompassed tracks from Your Chin's debut eponymous EP, including 'Fall Someplace'.
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  • You'll catch it in Pune!
    If you missed out on the launch gig, you'll definitely catch the Red Bull Tour Bus in its avatar as a fixed stage at the Pune edition of the Bacardi NH7 Weekender (tickets), where it will host performances by Pune act A Mutual Question, The Mavyns and many more young acts. Check out a full lineup here.
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  • Dualist Inquiry Band
    The Dualist Inquiry Band were up next, playing one of the most formidable sets of the gig.
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  • Sahej Bakshi
    With a live setup comprising Jivraj Singh on percussions and Sandunes on synths and keys, the band brings a new dimension to Dualist Inquiry's existing material.
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  • #DrummerFace
    The band played an almost seamless high-energy set, switching between older material like the well-loved 'Qualia' to tracks off the Delhi producer's debut EP.
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  • A little Daft Punk then.
    Adding to an already well-crafted set, the trio threw in a mash-up of Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' to end their set.
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  • Two-tiered.
    While an ever-grooving crowd moved to the band's version of 'Get Lucky', Nischay Parekh set up below.
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  • The Ocean Orchestra
    Nischay Parekh played the lower stage with his Ocean Orchestra comprising Jivraj Singh on percussions and Dylan Varner-Hartley on synths. This was the Orchestra's first gig in Mumbai after the release of Parekh's debut album, Ocean. Haven't heard it yet? Stream it on the NH7 Audiolizer here.
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  • He was a panda. Maybe.
    Playing material off the album, including tracks like 'Panda' and 'Newbury Street', the trio had their audience entranced. This was also the first time Parekh played in Mumbai with his band, who will be touring with him this year.
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  • Jiver
    Fresh off his set with the Dualist Inquiry band, the percussionist was a storehouse of energy, showing absolutely no signs of fatigue from the earlier set.
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  • Sunbeam
    The crowd was also treated to an unreleased track titled 'Sunbeam', and also sang along to the much-beloved 'I Love You Baby, I Love You Doll'.
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  • Swarathma
    The Bangalore boys not only played the launch gig, but will also be one of the touring bands on the Red Bull Tour Bus later this year.
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  • Yeh to raajneeti hai.
    The pre-'Topiwalleh' dialogue between bassist Jishnu Dasgupta and vocalist Vasu Dixit was something the audience particularly enjoyed, as they parodied political promises.
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  • The Howl
    Wolf-howls and more signalled 'Koorane', and by this time, the audience knew to howl along.
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  • No barriers!
    Powering their way through 'Duur Kinara', 'Topiwalleh' and more, the band clearly didn't see the barriers as much of an obstacle.
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  • Down we go!
    Dixit made his way to the bottom of the bus for the end of his set, getting Sahej Bakshi to join him for a minute as the audience sang along to 'Naane Daari'.
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  • Scribe
    The Mumbai hardcore band made sure they gave their audience the party they wanted. Their set at the Red Bull Tour Bus stage at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender is termed "Party Scribe", and if Saturday's set was any indication, we've got a rager ahead of us.
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • Balls.
    Beach balls were thrown out into the audience, and to the crowd's credit, the balls actually remained inflated and in the air for a large part of the set. The crowd jumped and moshed their way through 'Mastibhari Muskan', 'Calendar, Khana Lao' off the band's upcoming Hail Mogambo, and more.
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  • What goes around...
    An all-girl mosh pit was called for, and as the band broke into their cover of 'What Goes Around... Comes Around', which they debuted in Mumbai a few months ago, a rather squealy pit did indeed break out.
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  • Gunda Banne Ke Liye?
    The set also featured set regulars such as '1234 Dracula'.
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  • The raft
    The band also threw out an inflatable raft for someone to crowdsurf on during 'Cops! Cops! Cops!', but that sort of failed. The raft made a reappearance in the mosh pit later, though.
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • Too high.
    There were no stage dives this time around (a little too dangerous, yes) but the set was an absolute riot, with everyone jumping around both onstage and off it.
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • Packed!
    The night ended with a packed house, with most audience members loath to leave. The bus now drives off on the Western leg of its tour, and you can catch The Supersonics on the Red Bull Tour Bus at Symbiosis Institute of Operations Management, Nashik on October 7, at IIM Ahmedabad on October 10 and then at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender in Pune. See you at a pit stop!
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
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