July 27, 2022: A large section of the 300 plus strong crowd that filled Mehboob Studios’ Stage No 2 in Bandra on late Saturday night waltzed in with great vigour. For them it was more of a memory jog, not just for the style of music, but also for the band itself. The city’s much-adored and seemingly out-of-action pop-rock act The Mavyns were performing tonight. The fact that they were returning to the Live From The Console stage to end their year-long will they, won’t they breakup feud was mere happenstance (they played the gig series first ever night in 2011). And return they did in renewed form with a setlist comprising of their best-loved tracks that nearly every member of the audience knew how to sing along to. The assorted setlist came from “Lick The Blue Frog” (My Sound, Freedom Slinger) and their contentious 2012 record “From The Tree Of No Ledge” (Bad Milk, Little Woman, Star Seeds, Some Side of the Story, Golden Science, Vagabond and Echoes). Their signature ending with Joe Crocker’s cover of With A Little Help From My Friends was a shout out to the band’s loved ones who joined them on stage for a choir performance. Bengaluru rockers The Bicycle Days played a somewhat scattered set with songs from their recently-released album “Calamitunes,” with Circles, Conundrum, Escape, Vicious, Crawl, Hush and Truce. Sky Rabbit frontman Raxit Tewari’s solo project Your Chin’s pleasing tunes had us swaying merrily in a warm-up of things to come.
Pictures: Sushant Sawant