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Barefaced Liar spell out the truth about their sound

Delhi-based band Barefaced Liar (Sumant Balakrishnan, Rohit Bhattacharya and Varun Chaudhary, who was filling in for Suyash Gabriel. The fourth member, Akshay Chowdhry was missing at the Calcutta gig) headlined the eastern zonal finals of WORME FEST 2012 on Saturday. The trio strum it up with t2...

Your first album released in 2010, where’s the next?

Sumant: It looks like the album will be out in 2013. The songs are ready but they have to be mixed and mastered; it’s in post-production stage. The first single from the album — Toe The Line — is getting good airplay on radio stations in Delhi.

How has your sound evolved from Barefaced Liar?

Rohit: The band members have found a comfort zone when it comes to the sound.

Sumant: It’s now more fun, an energetic pop-rock mix with guitar solos. Basically it’s pop but more skillful than before.

Why did you move away from the significant metal influence?

Sumant: We’ve toned it down. It’s just because of the way the band has evolved. The heavier sounds don’t appeal as much as before...

Varun: I wouldn’t say it doesn’t appeal to us... it just doesn’t work the same way.

Sumant: Yes, I’d say the sound is now more rounded with a lot less metal and hard-rock influences.

The best thing about the rock scene in India?

Sumant: The possibilities.

No groupies?

Sumant: No, we’re all past that age. Practically marriageable age!

What Indian bands do you like?

Sumant: Indus Creed, Pentagram, Shaa’ir + Func, The Raghu Dixit Project and Skyharbour.

One song that made you want to become a musician?

Sumant: Livin’ On The Edge by Aerosmith.

Rohit: Spoonful by Cream.

A band you’d like to headline for?

Sumant: They’re all dead (laughs)... maybe Tool. Unfortunately our sound’s very different. Maybe Gary Clark Jr. and lots of other blues musicians.

A song you’d always like to cover?

Sumant: Voodoo Child by Hendrix.

A song request you’re tired of?

Sumant: Some (Pink) Floyd songs! We actually play a 20-song set as tribute to the band. So, there are one-two we are a little tired of.

Malini Banerjee

Picture: Sanjoy Chattopadhyaya