This puja, Guwahati gears up for ROCKTOBER


Internationally-acclaimed MENWHOPAUSE & OFF to perform for ROCK OF THE AGES concert


If you thought that puja pandals were all you had look forward to in the coming festive season, you better think again. Indian psychedelic rock sensation Menwhopause is all set to carry the puja fever to a different pitch altogether in ROCKTOBER RIFFS –rock of the ages. Scheduled to be held on October 8 next, this hardcore rock festival has already created a wave among rock circles of the State.

Rocktober Riffs, which will provide a rollercoaster ride through the good old days of rock, will also feature Nagaland’s top rock outfit Original Fire Factor (OFF). The four member alternative rock outfit, known for their originals, had won the Hornbill National Rock Contest in 2009. Guwahati-based classic rock bands PROJECT PATKAI and STAGS will also be performing on the occasion.

Rocktober Riffs is being organized by Eastern Beats Music Society in association with the North East Zone Cultural Centre, Dimapur. The event is being supported by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, under Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, The Northeast Today, Hit7 Television, Saanz Mobile and other partners.

Eastern Beats Music Society founder secretary and creative director Aiyushman Dutta said the concert has already created a lot of enthusiasm among the city’s mature rock circles. “Whether it is the alternative-meet-psychedelia sound of Menwhopause, or the protest brand of retro-rock as espoused by OFF, Rocktober Riffs is going to rock as it is meant to be,” he said.

For those who happen to be still uninitiated, Menwhopause, whose journey started a decade back in 2001, is one of the very few rock success stories in the Indian subcontinent. Labelled as “India’s top rock band” by a jury of veteran and eminent musicians in the Jack Daniel Polls 2008 held at Nashville, USA, their first EP titled ‘The Story Begins’ was launched in 2003 under the band’s own label “the middle earth company.” The songs found international airplay, including BBC London, and climbed on to top 10 ranks on international mp3 sites. Ever since then, the band has been slowly but steadily setting benchmarks in India’s music scene, most importantly as being one of the first bands to have stuck to playing only original music and concentrating on the art of songwriting.

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Their debut concept album ‘Home’ saw an international release by the middle earth company in August 2006. Their fixation towards creating and retaining their own identity had worked for them, as they were the first Indian band found to be commercially viable to perform at the world’s biggest independent music festival, the prestigious South by Southwest [SXSW] in Austin, Texas, in March 2007. This was followed by a month-long tour with other bands from Iran, Germany, Britain, Mexico, Scandinavia, etc. in the early part of 2008.

The band’s performance at ROCKTOBER RIFFS in Guwahati marks the promotional drive of their new album ‘Easy’. “With soothing rhythms, emphasis on a simplistic approach to rock, lyrics that describe everyday life, and tons of humour – Menwhopause has ensured that with easy, their fan base remains on a continuous upward surge,” says Dutta. The band is made up of Sarabjit Singh, guitarist Anup Kutty, guitarist Inder Pal Singh, singer-songwriter Sarabjit Chadha, bassist Randeep Singh and Paul Schneiter on drums.

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Posted on September 29, 2011, in Concerts/ Reviews, Day-to-Day, Musicians/ Bands and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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