Storm from the South

Malayalam rock band Avial performing at MCC's Deep Woods Festival. Photos: A. Muralitharan

Malayalam rock band Avial performing at MCC's Deep Woods Festival. Photos: A. Muralitharan  

Deep Woods ‘10, this year's instalment of Madras Christian College's annual fest, played host to possibly the greatest act to come out of the South in recent times — Avial.

Background check

Avial is an alternative rock band which effortlessly blends folk and rock, all the while staying true to their roots by singing exclusively in Malayalam. The band consists of Tony John (vocals), Rex Vijayan (guitars), Mithun Puthanveetil (drums), and Benny (bass). The band has played shows all over, including Malaysia, Dubai, and Mauritius.

Crowd favourites

At MCC, they proved that they were worth all the hype and hoopla that surrounded their visit to Chennai. Though their sound-check was a tad long, they made up for it as they swept the crowd away on a wave of heavy riffs combined with tight drumming and fluid basslines. The only hassles that kept cropping up were the guitar tones being a little too scratchy, and the levels being a little messed up. The level of the samples being used sometimes overshadowed the vocalist's.

The crowd was least bothered though, as Avial played song after song, with machine-like dexterity, the drummer being a force to reckon with. They ripped through crowd favourites like ‘Aadu Paambe', ‘Chekkele' and ‘Karukara' but they made the crowd wait for what was their first ever hit a few years ago — ‘Nada Nada'. Once they began the song, the crowd were whipped into frenzy, with people even being thrown up into the air.

The only possible drawback from was that the show ended a little too early — 6:30 p.m. to be precise. I wonder what level the show would've reached had it been under lights.

Abhinav is a II Year student of B.A. Journalism at Madras Christian College.

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