Music from the North East – bands I like

11 Sep

Last Sunday, I read an article in HT Brunch, which focused on people from the North-Eastern part of India. It was about the different people who had made a mark in certain fields like sports, fashion, music and so on. Well I was looking for bands to be featured in the music section, but all I found were contestants from Indian Idol and other shows.

So I thought, why not make a list of bands that I like from the North-East and write about it. So here’s a list of 4 bands that are making waves currently and probably you will hear a lot more over the coming year.

In no particular order:

1. Silver Tears – Silver Tears is a progressive/experimental band from Guwahati that recently won the Yamaha Music India – Asian Beat 2011 held in Bangalore last month which gives them a chance to perform in Korea in November on an international stage. They released their debut EP ‘Dirt Beyond Beauty’ which was recently re-recorded under the name ‘Ensnared’. I got a chance to listen to their songs here . ‘Dirt beyond Beauty’ is by far the best song on this album. They don’t try to overdo their progressive influence which can be so easy to do. They keep it simple with guitar riffs thrown in between. But never does it seem like useless guitar wankering.  I look forward to their complete album.

Silver Tears is –

Vocals: Girish Pradhan
Guitars: Ishan Das
Guitars: Brittanta Das Mahanta
Bass: Biswajit Chakraborty
Keyboards: Raktim Mahanta
Drums: Nawaz Hussain
Sound Engineer- Diganta Sharma

Silver Tears


2. Pip Of The Fourth Mother – I heard about them when I saw a RSVP for a Punk Night at Blue Frog and I was like what kind of a weird name is that!! But thankfully their music is not that weird. POT-FM are a 3 piece alternative/ pop punk band from Shillong. They cite bands such as Papa Roach, Blink-182, The Offspring and NOFX as their influences.  I wish I could remember the names of the songs they played at Blue Frog, but I remember being blown away by the quality of their music. Also they covered a song of Pussycat Dolls and gave it whole new twist ( I think it was ‘careful what you wish just might get it’ or something like that) . Their most famous song is ‘Shillong’ which is a perfect pop punk track, is dedicated to their hometown and was part of a compilation called ‘v/s The World’. I would definitely have their forthcoming album ‘Lun’ on my iPod

POT-FM are :

Jason Manners – Guitar/Vocals
Ben Daniel Ryngksai – Drums
Dauni Laloo – Bass

Pip Of The Fourth Mother

Going insane at Blue Frog

p.s  Pip means troublemaker and Jason Manner’s mum was the fourth sibling, and he was quite a troublemaker. Hence the name


3. Lucid Recess – Lucid Recess is a 3 piece alternative metal/ rock band from Guwahati. They released their full length album ‘Engraved Invitation’ last year and with it established themselves as one of the better bands in the country. I have really caught on late onto this band (sometime last month) so I am trying to listen to more of their songs as and when time permits. ‘Tribe’, their single from this album received a lot of rave reviews. Other songs that I like are ‘Painstaking Obsession’, ‘Colourful Deja Vu’ (very Incubus like) and ‘Lost’. I am listening to their songs as I write this and I have fallen in love with them!

Lucid Recess is –

Amitabh Barooa – Vocals & Bass
Siddharth Barooa – Guitars & Backing Vocals
Partha Boro – Drums and Percussions

Lucid Recess


4. Soulmate – I had never heard Blues before I discovered Blackstratblues and then tripped onto Soulmate and I have really started loving this genre! Soulmate is a two piece band consisting of Rudy Wallang and Tipriti Kharbangar backed by accompanists. Their music is easy to hear and creates a lasting impression on you. You can play their music on loud at home late in the night, on a rainy day, in your car on a long drive or on that romantic first date. Tipriti has an insane quality about her voice wherein she can scream and sing mellow both with equal aplomb and Rudy Wallang is one of the foremost guitar players in the country. Their latest album ‘Moving On’ was released by Blue Frog records in 2009. They are currently going to play in Norway but I will get a chance to watch them play at Blue Frog on the 20th of this month!! I like all their songs but personal favourites  have to be ‘Set me free’ , ‘Come round my house’, ‘The Price’ and ‘Blues is my soulmate’.

You can hear their music on Myspace

(Left to Right)Leon Wallang,Shaun Nonghulo,Tipriti Kharbangar,Fredy Dhkar,Rudy Wallang


Vocalist Tipriti Kharbangar *sigh*


So this is a list of bands that I like and would definitely want to listen to more often in the future. If you guys know any band that you would like me to write about, it would be welcome. Also suggestions for new topic ideas?

There was no guest writer for this Sunday, as all our friends are kind of pissed off that we don’t offer them any monetary incentive to write for us considering how famous we are and that we make a ton of money. Rest assured we are working out an amicable solution.


Kunal Pawar did not go for two gigs in two days last weekend but still managed to spend all his money. But with some divine intervention he will be going for Shaa’ir n Func and Soulmate at Blue Frog in the coming week. He will be learning to play a simple song on the guitar soon.


3 Responses to “Music from the North East – bands I like”

  1. Pammy September 12, 2011 at 3:25 am #

    Very good , I think the world ought to prepare itself for the new “Eddie Van Halen”.Prepare soon.

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    • Tushar Chhajed September 16, 2011 at 4:46 am #

      Yeah it does have a contact page. The Section named ‘Who Are We?’ . You can find email-ids of all the regular writers there. You can write in to anyone and we will get back to you soon. Thanks for your interest.

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