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A band at Rockilution at Nicco Park. Picture by Aranya Sen

BANDs and BOYS

The Eastern Zone finals of DSP Black Rockilution at the Nicco Park grounds on September 28 evening saw six bands fight it out for a slot at the Hard Rock Cafe, Mumbai. Calcutta was represented by five — The Hobos, Crystal & The Witches, Casino Blues, Ityadi and Obscura — while the lone ranger from Ranchi was Sparsh. The judges for the contest included Gary Lawyer, Indus Creed founding guitarist Mahesh Tinaikar and Hip Pocket six-stringer Rishi Chanda.

The country-wide competition — organised by DNA Networks in association DSP Black — which is scheduled to travel across seven cities over a month, saw the end of the eastern zone qualification process with The Hobos and Casino Blue emerging as joint winners. The two bands will participate in the finals at the Mumbai Hard Rock Cafe on October 14.

“This competition provides a great platform for original musicians. We just want to go and present a tight show. It’s more about the experience rather than winning,” said Souvik Chakraborty, The Hobos’ frontman.

“The interesting aspect about this contest is that unlike the niche English rock scene it seeks to promote the genre in regional languages as well,” said Ashwin Ramaswamy V, a DNA spokesperson.

Hip Pocket performs at CC&FC. Picture by Sanjoy Chattopadhyaya

night-time trippers

A walk down Strawberry Fields on a lazy Sunday evening was enough to fill up the CC&FC Bar which came alive to Hip Pocket spinning some Beatles magic for members. An older audience made themselves cosy on the sofas while others crowded around the bar counter and pillars. Seated at the drums, Nondon Bagchi set the ball rolling with I Saw Her Standing There followed by classics like All My Loving, Can’t Buy Me Love, Day Tripper and Eleanor Rigby, joined by Samidh and Rishi on vocals. The songs were interspersed with interesting anecdotes by Professor Ananda Lal who traced The Beatles’s careergraph.

The crowd managed to shake, rattle and roll despite the space crunch as Ananya stepped up the tempo with her rendition of A Hard Day’s Night, -bla-di and Hey Jude.

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