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Teen band boom

They are young and they are the new rage in the music circuits. Meet the teen bands of the twin cities.

ON THE ROLL: Dhruv sets the tempo.

THEY ARE not just bricks in the wall. Proving Pink Floyd right are Hyderabad's `New Kids on The Block' but this time the music is different.

From a rap core Distortion, hard rock Juvenile and pop 33 RPM, the teeny bands of the twin cities are in the groove, be it jamming together or sharing stage with renowned groups.

"We opened for Parikrama and Shankar Mahadevan," says Dhruv Agarwal of Juvenile that rocked the New Year party at Treasure Island. Comprising Vinay at the lead guitar and vocals, Shyam at the rhythm guitar, Chaitanya at the bass guitar and Dhruv at the drums, there was no looking back after their first break at the Qwiky's for this group which swears by Black Sabbath and Mettalica and has been elementary in bringing in vintage stuff such as Led Zeppelin back to life.

On the other hand, with Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit as their favourites, Distortion is the city's answer to Sum 41. With Tamar Chatterjee on the vocals and rhythm guitar, Nikhil Nash on the lead, Thomas Philips on the bass guitar and John Baptist on the drums, the group has been invited to several software in-house parties and more so the pubs -- where incidentally the early Blues string bands found an audience. "We cater to a certain age group, which receive our music well and we play new age stuff," explains Tamar Chatterjee of Distortion.

NEW AGE: Distortion is Hyderabad's answer to Sum 41.

And if you are in the mood for Annie's Song, it is 33 RPM for you.

"We wanted to be different, thus the thrust on light popular music," says Aman Mahajan who dotes on John Denver and is part of 33RPM with Roshni, Melody, Dhananjay and Jeet.

With their first break at Barista, this band has gone places.

There have been several reasons for the rise of teen bands -- be it the music television showcasing contemporary bands around the world such as Back Street Boys, Westlife, East 17, 98 Degrees and Five, or the technological advancements in the realm of music. "

Technology has been elementary in the bands' growth. Today it is much simpler to download music and lyrics," explains Dennis Powell, music teacher at Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet, the alma mater for the three groups. Incidentally Dennis himself has been a part of a heavy metal group in the twin cities earlier.

YOUNG HEARTS: Juveniles set T.I swinging.

Hyderabad has always had an audience for a diverse range of music from Bob Marleys' reggae beats to the electric magic of Led Zeppelin.

Also, the twin cities have had patronage for local bands with groups like Sean Salins' White Rage going international with performances in the Middle East.

"There is an audience for music but the interest waxes and wanes when it comes to the groups themselves," says Sudhir Comfort of the band 40 Year Itch, who is currently working on a fusion concept.

PLUCKING THE STRINGS: A Juveniles member hits the base.

As for the contemporary bands, answer is more concrete than que sera sera. "We have finished composing our first song Last One Standing and have started working on the album," says Dhruv. "We would love to play at Mood Indigo at Mumbai and other national college fetes," adds Tamar who would want to keep continuing with music as a hobby, apart from the software career he is aiming at.

Having innumerable shows to their credit, the teen bands have had an encouraging audience.

"Their music is great and what is more important is the idea of starting a band at school that's incredible," says Rahul a student of the HPS. With the inherent grit, determination and enthusiasm doubled up with the appreciation coming their way, the young bands continue to make music in the Little River Band way of Playing to Win.


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