The 70s effect

Aug 21, 2014, 09:20 IST | Juili Eklahare

Inspired by the sound of the 70s, Girish and The Chronicles, an Indian Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band from Gangtok, Sikkim, are all set to release their debut album in the city, today

There is perhaps no better feeling for a band than to have a cheering crowd look up to you, while you blast away your brand of music to them, and drown in a world full of rhythm. Experiencing such a mood is very natural for Gangtok-based Girish and The Chronicles, who are all set to perform at the Hard Rock Cafe, today. Known for their sound of overdriven guitars and drums, the band is here to release their debut album, Back to Earth, on Universal Music.

Girish and The Chronicles
Girish and The Chronicles

The album, a compilation of 11 tracks, reminds one of Rock ‘N’ Roll legends like Steven Tyler and Bruce Dickinson. Girish Pradhan, the band’s lead vocalist and guitarist, says that the album, Back To Earth, is a tribute to all the bands that they grew up listening to. “Our main influence is the sounds of the ’70s, the overdriven guitars, the love for music and the immense energy,” he says.

The story of Girish and The Chronicles started way back in 2009, when Pradhan founded the band in Gangtok, Sikkim. Over the years, the band performed in several music festivals including The Hornbill Festival and Gangtok Pub Fest, where they played alongside legends such as Parikrama, Mantra and Route 66.

The Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band has risen to popularity in a very short span. When asked for the secret behind the band’s success so far, Pradhan replies, “The key is to follow your heart and get out and explore the world. Start small and when you’re ready, you’ll have that huge concert.”

Girish asserts that becoming a music legend requires making efforts the right way. “With a life dedicated to music, most bands start off at an early age, but we also have bands that didn’t begin so early but turned out great. Being exceptional is not the only criteria for being a musician, since it also depends on the technical part of a performer and entertainer as well as hard work,” signs off Pradhan.

On: Today, 8.30 pm
At: Hard Rock Cafe, Koregaon Park.

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