On day 3 of the festival, we sauntered into the grounds to discover the various stage set ups. In the Bacardi pavilion, we were drawn to a young band belting out some pretty bold guitar. A closer look revealed that these were our own homegrown crop from Chennai. Surprising to me, since Chennai and South India in general has always stood for a certain conservative approach, upholding strictly traditional/classical forms of Indian music on equally traditional instruments like the Veena, Flute, Mrudangam and Ghatam that must be learnt and practiced over an entire lifetime. Though the city is home to AR Rahman, I was caught unawares by the rebellious hard rock culture this band represented.
Western music and that too Garage Rock of an Independent nature must be hard to do in a city like Chennai is what I was thinking. I was happy to see my perceptions blow to pieces with Skrat’s raw energetic sounds.
Skrat as I found out later has been in the Indie rock scene since 2006. They’re a bunch of school friends who’ve been jamming together through their days in engineering college. They have 3 albums under their belt and over 100 gigs in India and abroad. Quite a stomp!
Here’s a song that I liked, hope you like it too.