So I went to the HRC Battle of the Bands on Thursday, Feb 24 with friend ZP. I have to say that the sound system at HRC is far inferior to the one at Blue Frog, and that coupled with the fact that the entry at HRC is usually Rs.150 as opposed to Blue frog's 'free before 9.00 P.M', makes Blue Frog my preferred venue for live music events. But I hadn't seen the 5 acts due to perform that night at HRC, and was eager to do so, so went anyway.
The Indiecision review can be viewed here.
Personally, I liked Ankur Tewari and the Ghalat Family the best. Their simple arrangement and focus on strong vocals helped the Hindi pop rock act make the most of the average music system. I liked Summerpint Junkie too. Their second number wasn't as good as their first, and they have some way to go, but they have potential, and I hope they go far. Alex Rintu & Friends was average, and Tough on Tobacco seemed to be trying too hard.
The most interesting/entertaining act of the night had to be Bombay Bassment, this new rap/hip-hop act who eventually won. Apache Indian, a friend of one of the performers, was present at the venue for moral support, prompting a lot of the other performers to indulge in photo ops with him.
Now I've attended and read up on a lot of rock shows, and 2 things do strike me, that I must point out. The first is obvious - there has got to be at least 1 Goan/Catholic guy in every rock group in Mumbai.
Second - what's with the same guys playing for multiple groups? Take the following for example:
Prashant Shah plays for both Scribe and Exhumation.
Sid Coutto plays for Tough on Tobacco, Airport, Ankur Tewari and the Ghalat Family & Zero.
Johan Pais plays for Tough on Tobacco & Ankur Tewari and the Ghalat family.
Pozy Dhar plays for Tough on Tobacco & Ankur Tewari and the Ghalat family.
Randolph Correia plays for Pentagram and Shaa'ir + Func.