Chat Members of Second Coming on their musical venture and the spirit that binds them
Acasual meeting at a common friend's place in Yercaud led to a jamming session, following which the strangers felt the musical connect and made it a regular affair.
“We jammed without any plan in mind. The entire idea was to enjoy each other's music and create music that inspires. It was such a great feeling that none of us even felt the need of a name,” says band member Reji.
The six piece band comprising Tenny Allwood (bass), Bruce (guitar), Reji Varghese (singer), songwriter and guitarist, Maynard Grant (drums), Ryan Fernandez (vocalist) and Philip Kohlhoff (guitarist) came together from different walks of life. It was only when the group was asked to perform in two days at a hotel, that they found themselves hunting for a name. “Second Coming was something that came to us all of a sudden. And why not, because it is our Second Coming. Had it not been for our jamming session at Yercaud we wouldn't have been a band,” recollects Reji who does most of the talking.
What unites the band is their belief in each other's music and their appreciation for all kinds of music. The band boasts of members who had performed with Duran Duran some time ago and of those with a strict musical lineage. “Maynard's dad is Sivamani's guru. Maynard himself runs a music school and is a gem of a musician with credits like India's Best Jazz drummer. He turned professional at the age of 17 and with 31 years of professional experience, he definitely is more than worth listening to,” says Reji.
The band is inspired by the lyrical genius of John Lennon. Their shows are mostly a mixture of Jazz, Rock, Retro, Pop and originals. How is that possible? “All of us can easily switch between rock, jazz, retro and pop with ease and it is only possible because of our love for music and because we are all self-taught musicians,” says Reji.
The band treats Ryan as the baby; he turned professional at the age of 18 is one of the only singers who is as comfortable singing rock as he's with jazz and rap. The band also boasts of Chennai's Carlos Santana, Bruce Lee, the modern rock guitarist with the ‘feel'.
Bruce has played with leading music directors including A. R. Rahman, Harris Jayaraj, Shankar Mahadevan, Hariharan and Baba Seghal amongst others and has recorded for over 80 films in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada.
PRABALIKA M. BORAH