Did Indus Creed have a ‘Rock On’ Moment?
If you grew up in India in the ‘90s there’s absolutely no way you didn’t hear Indus Creed. They were the defining rock band of that time. They moved away from doing covers of international bands and made their own sound. And their own music videos. And defined the word awesome.
So when you randomly arrive at a video of “Pretty Child” one random evening, you flashback to your teenage years. Your mind takes you through a nostalgia trip of Shenaz Treasurywala, Frooti, One Tight Slap, Roohafza, PVR Priya, the first McDonalds, cassettes, Hi-Fi stereo systems, G-Shock watches and Vengaboys.
And how you’re never going to Ibiza.
This post was supposed to be on how Indus Creed had a ‘Rock On’ moment. You see, that band of awesomeness has come back again, after 15 years, with a brand new album called “Evolve”.
Yes, 15 years. Their last thingie together was way back in 1997, even before Napster really caught on. You know, when Yahoo! was your homepage.
In fact their last album before they went boom was titled, you guessed it, “Indus Creed”. Trapped in my baaddeehh, trapped in my soulll. They mixed tabla and sitar with drums and guitar, creating a sound like nothing around!
Stop Digressing Mister Poet!
Oh right! The Rock On moment. What, you ask? In the movie Rock On, all the band members of a once-awesome-but-now-disbanded rock band get together and rock the stage again. All thanks to Prachi Desai in a bid to better discover her husband and his nefarious college history.
Clearly, that’s what happened (minus Prachi Desai) when lead singer Uday Benegal came back to Mumbai and connected with old folks to re-ignite Indus Creed. They got a bassist and a drummer and started to mumbojumbo again in 2010.
In 2012, they came out with “Evolve”.
The one thing they didn’t do, however, is stick to the old sound. Literally, figuratively and just-about-everything-ally, they have evolved.
Sit down in one corner, put on your headphones and just listen to the whole album from beginning to end. By the time I reached “Come Around” I had goose-bumps and they lasted till the ending track “Goodbye”.
“Fireflies”, this album’s marquee track, really grows on you. There’ll come a point when you’re idly typing away at your keyboard and the song plays continuously in your head. (Like right now, for me).
But “Come Around” really blew me away. There’s a point in that song when all instruments stop playing. And slowly, it builds up again. Goose. Bumps. The lyrics are poems, written with passion.
If you haven’t already, you must listen to Indus Creed’s album. The fact that I’m saying it just highlights its appeal: I usually listen to House music of the non-David-Guetta variety (that’s a full 180-degrees opposite of rock music). It’s made a fan out of a non-rock fan.
You can listen to that album on Indus Creed’s website.
As an added bonus, I’ll leave you with “Pretty Child”. Absorb, and be absorbed!