Experimental/nu-metal band Switcheroo make their Kochi debut
Known for introducing vibrantly unique bands to the city, Kochi Rocks is back with its third edition. This time around, JTPAC ropes in the Bengaluru-based quintet Switcheroo for their city-debut alongside familiar ensembles including Kochi-based progressive rockers Blank Planet, alternative project Black Letters and Bengaluru-based Suraj Mani and the Tattva Trip. The youngest among the bands, the year-old
outfit will bring heavier elements to the stage with their experimental-nu-metal/hard rock sound.
“Besides having a powerful sound which will outrage the masses, our music aims to impart hope and help the listeners build their confidence,” says vocalist Austyn Goveas. The other members of the band are
bassist Akshat Kavidayal, drummer Nikhil Abraham and guitarists Subhash Rao and Kishan Hebbar.
Sample their debut video for the song King of the Castle and any rock music fan will know they’re going to get Kochi’s crowd bouncing in excitement. The heavy grooves are supplemented by clean vocals which lament over people who shun their dreams to live mechanical, corporate lives. “We sing about the worst of days and believe that people need a push to get out of their lethargic existence. Our song Hole In My Head addresses depression because it’s something that affects a lot of musicians and must not be ignored,” says the band, who are still shocked about the demise of their heroes Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington.
The act which recently completed Enslaved By The Establishment—an India tour covering 12 cities including Shillong and Mumbai—is planning on playing a complete set of their originals for Kochiites. Currently in the studio, working on their yet-to-be-titled album, they’ll debut eight of the songs from the release including tracks like Playing With Fire. “We’re also planning to conquer international stages once the album is in the bag,” says the musicians, who rose to the top through college competitions.
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