Destiny and hard work played an important role in making city-based rock outfit Girish and The Chronicles (GATC) what it is today. The group is reaping the fruits of its labour with sell out shows in colleges and other festivals, and it’s all because they saw things differently when they started out, they say.
“Something has changed in our generation. Why do we have to go through the mundane things our fathers have been a part of?,” asks vocalist Girish Pradhan of GATC, who gave up a career in engineering to pursue his passion. “If I had continued with engineering, I would have failed miserably. Now, I am happy doing something that I am good at,” he says.
Things started falling in place for Pradhan after that, as he began playing at different venues in Darjeeling like The Buzz Bar and few other places in Sikkim. During this period, Pradhan got an offer to be a vocal coach in Delhi. But he quit after few months as he missed the stage.
Soon after that, Pradhan got a call from bass guitarist Yogesh who convinced him to record the song Angel, which was selected at the Montenegro Suncane Skale Fest, 2010. “We were taken by surprise when they called us. We had never flown in our lives and when we did, it was an international flight,” remembers Pradhan, laughing. He thanks YouTube for helping them land a gig at IIT Guwahati, which was their first step in the music scene in north-east India.
The band also embraces the idea of going to new places and gathering different experiences. “The idea is not to get stuck at one place,” clarifies Pradhan. He feels coming to Bangalore was a wise decision, as the crowd here is nice and appreciates his kind of music. GATC plays a subtle mix of rock and blues with influences from heavyweights like ACDC, Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath. Their songs that speak about day-to-day challenges are a treat to the senses.
Pradhan recalls playing for the first time at The Hard Rock Café, Bangalore in 2011. They were psyched and were wondering what would happen. “We played a mix of covers and originals and the next thing we knew, people were going bonkers,” says Pradhan. “I think the audience likes us because bands here don’t play this kind of music,” he concludes.
Their music makes the audience nostalgic and brings back old memories. GATC will release their album this year.
By Avinash Kumai – BANGALORE
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