Men who pause, rock hard

There’s always been an insurgence of rock and alternative music in India – be it from the local bands in Bangalore, Calcutta, Pune or Delhi for that matter. One Delhi band that’s been quite active lately is – Menwhopause. I blogged about them earlier, and exchanged a few messages with their manager, Satish, in the recent past.

The Band, Menwhopause

Since I’ve been in Delhi for a while now, I was looking forward to catching up with the band at their next live gig. They performed at Kamani Audi last week as part of their @home concert, but I missed it. Yesterday, the guys got together to perform at Blues pub. And I had a close encounter with this “musically physiological cessation” called Menwhopause. I was there with my wife and cousins, and we were all hoping for a fun evening.

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The guys started with some instrumental pieces at around 9pm, and performed till around 12pm. Those few hours encapsulated – rhythm and draught-beer! Sarab (lead vocalist) was great with his “sweet despair”, while IP and Kutty (guitarists) dazzled with their string-ular energy. Rahul (drummer) thumped thick, and Randeep (bassist) added tenure to the sound. The guys surely have the fortitude to stay ambient, and still enjoy the motion of soundwaves. Its very important for a band to enjoy their own sound before anybody else can, so says “puppets & paupers“.

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In between, one of their Oz mate, Penelope, who was in Delhi from Sydney, joined the band for a song or two. I hinted, she could do a great “Cranberries”. After the gig, I briefly chatted to all the guys, and it was kind of them to hand me over a CD of some of their tracks. It was good to know that the guys performed at South-by-South-West (SXSW) 2007 in Austin, Texas.

Seems like time gets lost in space,
So, you know, how far youรขโ‚ฌโ„ขll be.
When I dream, I see strange lands,
Strange lands I need, need to see for me.

Largely, we weren’t disappointed. Atleast I was wasn’t, and I’m sure many other rock enthusiasts who were there, weren’t disappointed either. Menwhopause, are certainly one of the best underground bands in the country to have surfaced in the recent past. Keep it coming guys, and your fans will keep listening. Wishing well!

Update: Some more snaps from the gig …

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4 thoughts on “Men who pause, rock hard”

  1. thanks man. ya, a contact in bangalore would be cool. we’ve been wanting to play down south. in fact, a lot of people have been wanting us there. maybe u could mail it to me. best.

  2. Man, I missed this one.
    But yeah these guys rock really hard. You missed Kamani one.. that was a brilliant one as well. Their music is so spectacular. The disc is awesome and most of the people I know including me can’t wait for the next one!

  3. Hey Satish,

    No worries ๐Ÿ™‚ I could sense that you were having a gala time ๐Ÿ˜‰ So was the band and so were we!

    It was great catching up with you and the band. Hope to spectate another gig real soon. Btw, If you happen to be in Bangalore anytime and need any sort of help with event management there, then do let me know. I can refer you guys to a reliable source.

    Have fun and keep well!

    Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. hey man
    it was nice to catch up yesterday. sorry but i was totally gone even by the time i got there. so have some flashes of memory. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    will see you again soon.

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