Youngsters went wild with excitement as their favourite bands performed at a show in the cityWhen they get into top gear, some rock musicians remove their shirts and continue to perform. Call it what you will, but it works with young rock fans. The youngsters, who had gathered at the Buck's Theatre for BAC's (Band Association of Chennai) second concert, went wild with excitement when Junkyard Groove's (JG) lead vocalist Ameeth flung away his shirt. When you ride the crest of a wave, anything you do only adds to the aura surrounding you. Having opened for Iron Maiden and Prodigy at the Desert Rock Festival (DRF) in Dubai, their stock has gone up. But even before DRF, JG had captured the hearts of rock fans around the country. With songs rooted in funk, rock and jazz, their compositions are counted among Chennai's achievements in rock music.
Treat for fansWhen they sang some of their best — Folk You, It's ok, Say Goodbye, Twinkle Twinkle and Save You — the audience went almost delirious. So much so, they ignored the MC's warning. Early on, head-bangers were ordered to keep a safe distance from the plank in front of the stage because it was set over waste matter and could not stand too much weight.JG boasts a great combination in Ameeth (vocals and rhythm), Siddharth (lead guitar), Craig (bass) and Jeremiah (drums); each one is capable of an extra trick. When Ameeth broke his guitar, Jeremiah entertained with a solo effort — a light-hearted Malayalam song. Siddharth proved his versatility in a duet with a Priyanka. Earlier, Stereotrip exploded on stage with its own list. This band is just off the block and already has 30 original songs to its credit. This self-reliance is largely attributed to lead vocalist Kishore Krishna, who is also the band's songwriter. The ideas behind the songs send you onto the back foot. The group began with `Plastic Hippie' ("as usual, our first song is about revolution") and things got murkier as they proceeded through `Pyromania' (an unhealthy interest in fire) and `Rubber Sword'. Nineteen-year-old Kishore seemed to have the right lines for every occasion. Stereotrip's problems with tuning seemed interminable and when a young fan asked them to get on with the music, "It's okay da!" said Kishore, "That's the other band, dude." He was referring to JG's song "It's ok". As part of BAC (which comprises 20 bands) these bands know one another very well. A sense of camaraderie among them was noticeable. The first band to perform, Null Friction, stayed till the end to cheer Stereotrip and JG. One of BAC's objectives is to "eliminate inter-band rivalry". Null Friction, a school band until last year, presented a mix of original and cover songs. Shreyans caused a flutter when he `strummed' the guitar with his lips midway through a song. This three-member band (Shreyans, vocals and lead guitar; Abhishek, bass guitar; and Ansh on the drums) are sold on Guns `n' Roses and Pink Floyd (they performed `Sweet Child of Mine' and `Another Brick In The Wall'), but they are always willing to experiment. Their original compositions — `Somehow', `Always Kept In The Dark', `Stuck Up' and `Reason To Rise' — are more than what you would expect from a boy band. PRINCE FREDERICK