LIFE

Brigade Road is worth singing about

Actress Vasudhara Das posing with the members of the band, `Thermal And A Quarter', at the launch of the music album, `Jupiter Cafe'. — Photo: V. Sreenivsa Murthy

Actress Vasudhara Das posing with the members of the band, `Thermal And A Quarter', at the launch of the music album, `Jupiter Cafe'. — Photo: V. Sreenivsa Murthy  

BRIGADE ROAD is probably Bangalore's best-known youth hangout. Now it has been immortalised in a song by a City-based band.

In fact, songs about the road appear twice in Jupiter Cafe, the new album from Thermal And A Quarter (TAAQ). The album is about "our lives in Bangalore'', say band members.

On Friday, TAAQ — the name is a cheeky take on the band-members' ethnic origins (three `Mals'/Malayalees and one who is a "quarter Mal") — organised a formal launched of Jupiter Cafe at Music World, Brigade Road.

The band comprises Bruce Lee Mani (vocals and guitar), Rajeev Rajagopal (drums and percussion), and Rzhude (bass, vocals) with Rajesh Mehar (backing vocals). All from Christ College, they have been together since 1996. In April 2001, they became famous after they "opened" for the Deep Purple show here.

At the launch, TAAQ had friends like actress/singer Vasundhara Das, guitarist Konarak Reddy, and drummer Roberto Narain reminiscing about their musical journey.

Das said she and Bruce Lee Mani used to participate in the same inter-college competitions. "I would sing Whitney Houston numbers and win prizes. Bruce sang his own songs but did not win, so he used to be quite upset with me,'' she joked. She felt the band and their latest album (it is their second) were an encouragement to other upcoming singers.

"It is hard to sell your own music and forge ahead without a marketing company behind you,'' she pointed out.

It has been launched on the band's independent label, A2G Music. To contact TAAQ, dial 558 6162.

By Divya Sreedharan

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