​Vernac metal meets rap rock at Fête de la Musique, Chennai

Setting a platform for city-based bands and ndependent musicians, Alliance Française celebrates world music day

author_img Gopika Krishnan Published :  16th June 2017 06:00 AM   |   Published :   |  16th June 2017 06:00 AM


Not many platforms are as big as Fete de la Musique to get yourself heard as a musician, and when you have Tamil folklore woven into rock tracks then you’re bound to make an impression. This year, as Alliance Française celebrates this occasion for the seventh time, we will see city bands with experimental covers, and original tracks with a message, lighting up the stage next week (June 19-21). The event will start with a rendition by students of KM Music Conservatory and will continue with performances by other city-based bands and independent musician, Bjorn Surrao. It will end with a performance by another city-based band, Two Spoons. The festival is being organised in association with record label EarthSync and Exodus, an event management organisation, along with the KM Music Conservatory.  

At Alliance Française. June 19-21. Details: madras.afindia.org

Bjorn Surrao is back this year with his uplifting tunes and lingering lyrics. The event includes Bjorn’s acoustic renditions of five of his own compositions along with different covers of Superstitious by Stevie Wonder and Shape of You by Ed Sheeran. The vocals will be accompanied with percussion by Saurav Joshi and Shravan Srikhand on the violin. An established singer for 17 years and the founder of city-based band Frank’s Got The Funk, he now has two singles to his credit — Walls and Stellar.

Bjorn Surrao

Drawing inspiration from metal bands like Karnivool from Australia and Perifery from the US, Koadaari will bring to its audience a list of five of their own compositions in the metal rock genre and two electrifying covers of Karnivool’s tracks. The five-member band was brought together by Savio, now theirlead guitarist. The two-year-old band has been performing at various venues in the city over the past couple of years, and is now looking to branch out to other cities. 


Amidst all the rock music that will be a part of the event, Pradeep Kumar, Jhanu Chander and Naresh’s numbers might come as a breath of fresh air on the final day. They constitute the band Kulam. During their performance on the final day, they will render their own compositions of Tamil folk songs with a rock vibe, all composed by the band. The three close friends who worked  on music in the Tamil film industry, decided to venture into singles in late 2015 and mostly stick to Tamil folklore.  


It’s not often that you listen to rock music that has lyrics about social evils like road rage, rape and corruption. Moral Putrefaction lives up to its name with music that dwells on how human beings create social evils and “how all of that eventually leads to moral putrefaction”. Teacher and student-duo Shiva and Ronald worked on the idea of starting a band two years ago and soon after, were joined by the others, Hemanth, David and Ram last year. Almost a year after its inception, the band is looking forward to release their album soon. At the upcoming event, the band will render covers by Carcass, Bloodbath and Immolation along with their own compositions Wading Through Chaos, and Divine Retribution.     

Moral Putrefaction

Sit back and enjoy the performance of Nobody, who will play their original compositions, the band is mostly inspired by Ed Sheeran, Linkin Park, Artic Monkeys and Lamb of God, among other tunes. After gaining initial fame by performing at various city gigs, the band will release a single called Burn. Formed in the year 2016, the five-member band includes Stevie (lead vocalist), Rhenius Hudson (bass), Hones Heuman Raj (keyboard), guitarist Joel Prithvi and Bishwant (drums). 


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The youngest band of this lot will be rendering covers of different bands mixed with a bit of rap of their own. They got their first break in May this year and have been performing constantly around the city since then.  The band was formed by a bit of luck and chance three months ago. Things worked out really well for Edwin George, lead singer, when he was looking out for a band to jam with, while Samuel Reuban, Aaron Jonathan, Jebaraj Daniel and Abirash Daniel were looking for a crooner.

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