The organisers behind India’s first annual crowdfunded gig, Control ALT Delete are shifting sounds. This year, they are also going metal. Scheduled to be held around early June, the Metal Chapter of the gig series will feature Mumbai thrash metal act Devoid, groove metallers Zygnema, modern thrashers Providence, death metallers Reptilian Death and grind metal act Gutslit, Undying Inc from Delhi and Noiseware from Pune. Also joining the lineup are hard rockers from Delhi Grammy Winning Effort. Co-organizers ennui.BOMB, Sidestand and Bajaao are still hunting for a venue for this loud night in the making.
It’s quite a huge and interesting line up, and the bands seem very upbeat about the upcoming gig. Adhiraj Singh, vocalist for Noiseware says, “It’s one of those few gigs where every band is one to look out for. I wonder how tired audiences are going to be at the end of the gig,” he says, “besides playing at this gig, we are just as kicked about seeing every other band perform since this line-up is bloody explosive.” Noiseware last played in Mumbai in 2012 when they shared the stage with Pangea and Petrichor at Blue Frog metal night in 2012.
Reuben Bhattacharya, bassist for Undying Inc echoes Singh’s sentiments. “This gig has been in the planning for quite a few years now; the boys from Undying Inc, Devoid, Providence and Zygnema are like a brotherhood after all. Besides, playing in Mumbai is always awesome, considering the sound and audiences here,” he says adulating the city’s talent. “Mumbai has the best metal scene in the country, partly owing to how difficult it can be to survive in the city. Metalheads then find a greater connection with the sort of music.” Undying Inc’s last show in the city was in 2011.
Rishu Singh, director of ennui.BOMB feels, “It’s about time that a metal gig of this proportion and this kind of lineup came about. Mumbai has had a phenomenal metal scene through the years, and this gig is an ode to it.” The team is in the final stages of locking down on venue and dates, he says, and with things being resolved, the online contribution portal shall be thrown open by the end of the week. “We know that the only way to go ahead with any gig of an “independent” nature is to go ahead and do it, which is why this from year on, Control ALT Delete will have two chapters annually, with a metal edition in May, and an alternative rock edition in September. “
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