Rocking Down Under

Blind Image during their Australian concert tour. Photo: Special Arrangement  

Known for its traditional and classical music, India is now waking up to a growing number of bands that are looking at a variety of Western genres. And Chennai has made its mark in this scene as well. One band from the city that has marked its presence in the Metal scene is Blind Image. With two albums in their kitty, the band made their international debut with a concert tour of Australia. Krish, the drummer, speaks to NXg about their Australian experience.

What was the Australian experience like?

It was a great learning in many ways. It was literally life on the road, travelling from one place to another in a tour bus with a trailer attached. It was so much fun. Playing a gig every day was a unique experience. We saw how the music scene in Australia works; how bands operate and how organised they are when it comes to selling merchandise, taking turns to check equipment before leaving the venue. It was fantastic to see how bands helped each other in so many different levels. We met some awesome people over there — David Hart, Louie and Virgil from the band Kunvuk and Jimmie, Pat, Zee, Ellie and Lee from Dawn Heist. Check these guys out. They will be hitting India soon.

How did the crowds react? How different was it from India?

I guess they didn't know what to expect from a bunch of Indian tourists. But things changed when we started playing. Especially in Canberra; the crowd went nuts. People walked up to us to say “we didn't expect THAT out of India”. It felt really good. But to be honest, I prefer the Indian crowds. It's a lot more violent and more responsive. We need that violence for metal. The Australian bands will be in for a treat when they come to India.

How did Noble Luke, the new member, make a difference?

He's a “Power House”. He made a difference the day he joined by taking professionalism to the next level both on and off stage. Would you believe me if I tell you he's an English Teacher during the day. You don't want to mess with him when he is on stage; he is a stand-up comedian off stage. One thing I really like is the way he gets right in to the song. When that happens, the dynamics change on stage.

How do you see Indian bands in the international arena in the future?

I am sure Indian bands are going to kick it up. Our music is as good as any other international band. India is going to be the next big thing for metal. And it's going to happen very soon.

Tell us about the Whiplash Festival, Canberra.

It is an annual metal festival and we headlined this year. We watched about 24 Australian bands. There were a lot of good ones. Our favourites were Kunvuk, Dawn Heist, One Death and one band with a drummer who looked like Krim from Decapitated (forgot the band name). It's a great place to meet underground bands from Australia.

Future plans and international tours…

We do have a solid plan for 2012 but can't discuss it now. Right now we are in the studio tracking our third album, which should release by mid next year. We will play a few festivals in India early next year and then hit the studio to finish the album. There's an India tour and another which we will talk about when the time is right.

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