Galeej Gurus(Bangalore)

November 23, 2007

GENRE :: Rock / Funk / Alternative

BAND MEMBERS ::

Nathan Harris:Vocals, Crowd Ticklings

Matthew Harris: Bass Guitar

Ananth Menon: Guitar, Vocals

Naveen Thomas: Guitar

Kishan Balaji: Drums

BIOGRAPHY ::

The Galeej Gurus are a band that believes in exploring music and also to have as much fun as possible doing it. It would be a bare-faced lie to say that we don’t care about the money, or the fame, but that aside, we have been on the circuit since 2001, and have watched several bands rise, and disappear too, and are determined not to let that happen to us – even if it means we’re full time employees during the day – and crazy rockers at night. In spite of our sleep deprived schedules, the band has managed to push on, the highlight of our 6 odd years together being December 2006, when we opened for Deep Purple in Bangalore.

Our music is never easy to categorize, worst of all by ourselves, but circumstances have forced us to come up with a genre by which it can be classified – so we’ve settled on Progressive Funk. Being from such disparate backgrounds only adds to the colour in the music rather than take away from it. One can see shades of artistes as diverse as Led Zeppelin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eric Clapton, Steve Vai and Deep Purple in Galeej music, with the occasional Indian classical tint stepping in for effect. The band has, is, and always will, continue to push the boundaries of our understanding of music, and our limitations, to find the perfect expression of five individual souls thrumming in harmony.

THE STORY:
Everyone on this earth is on a journey – whether they know it or not is quite irrelevant. Usually, an analysis of the average person’s journey – be it for material things, or for “enlightenment” – will reveal that it is essentially a quest for perfection (usually disguised as the ever-ambiguous “happiness”). We consider Galeej, and Gurus to be two ends of the spectrum of this journey and therefore consider the band name to be symbolic of The Journey that Everyman must make in their lives. It is not in any measure a statement of us being either “Galeej” (dirty – in south India) or “Gurus” (teacher) – not by a long shot.

THE MUSIC:

In the beginning, Galeej compositions were always born out of a jam session – some of which would go on for three hours continuously, sometimes generously aided by Lord Bacchus. The idea that songs could be lift-off points for improvisation, popularised by Cream, was a convenient one for us to adopt at that point. As time went by however, there was a need to consolidate the approach – of course coming up with songs purely from jamming was always an option – but it was time-consuming and took far too long to solidify into a good coherent song – usually over the span of several gigs. In memory of those days however – the guitar solos remain impromptu, and it is possibly this factor that makes a Galeej song easily listenable – it is always fresh for us – so it is always fresh to the audience. Cover songs that used to dominate the set list have given way to more of our own compositions and we firmly believe that unless the audience begins to support, or even demand that bands play their own compositions, rock music in India is doomed.

INFLUENCES ::

1. Red Hot Chilli Peppers

2. Eric Clapton

3. Deep Purple

4. Extreme

5. Steve Vai

6. Jon Bon Jovi

7. Albert Collins

8. Stevie Ray Vaughan

Achievements:

Since the time of their inception as a college band, the Gurus have won numerous prestigious competitions both in the college as well as the semi-professional categories. Some of the most significant ones have been listed below:

1. Christ College (In Bloom – 2000,2001)

2. JIPMER, Pondicherry (2001)

3. National Law School (Legala – 2000)

4. IIT Chennai (2001)

5. IIT Powai (2001)

We have also bagged several individual awards at these competitions. Aside from these, the band has also been asked to perform for various events and rock shows, such as

1. Wranglers re-launch in Bangalore

2. Bishop Cottons Carnival rock show

3. Cathedral School Carnival rock show

4. St John’s Carnival rock show

5. Madras Christian College rock show

6. Rock show for SIT Tumkur

7. CMC Vellore rock show

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8. Rockshow for launch of thhe fiero at Speedzone.

9.Selected as the “Idol” band for Spice Telecom’s  talent search held across Karnataka.

10. Headlining act for DNA Networks “Campus rock Idols”.This was a 3 city tour in Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore.

11. Headlining Act for ‘Cul-Ah’- Mount Carmel College.

12. Headlining Act For ‘Bethany Spears’ – The annual Carnival Organised by Bethany High School.

13.Performed at Zero G for ‘Bangalore Live!’.

LINKS ::

Official website :: http://www.galeejgurus.com/

My Space :: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=138382122

Tripod :: http://galeejgurus.tripod.com/

CONTACTS ::

Mail :: galeejgurus@hotmail.com

Band manager :: asghar@galeejgurus.com

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Junkyard Groove(Chennai)

November 23, 2007

GENRE :: Rock / Alternative / Funk

BAND MEMBERS ::

Ameeth-Vox and Guitars
Sid:Guitars and backing Vox
Jerry:Drums
Craig:Bass and backing vox.

BIOGRAPHY ::

What do you get when you put a drummer with heavy metal roots, a guitarist with classic rock roots, a bassist crazy about Jazz and a very ‘volatile’ vocalist, in one band? JUNKYARD GROOVE This band has carved its own unique niche in the Indian rock scene, fusing rock with funk to give an uplifting style that reaches out to all ages; wowing the audience with a tight, high energy, flawless, musical stage performance. Ever since its conception in the summer of 2005, Junkyard Groove was nothing but your silly sense of humour trying to be creative and once it got rolling there was really nothing anybody wanted to do in terms of changing direction or slowing down the pace of things. With an inspirational songwriter in Ameeth and equally brilliant musicians in Jerry, Sid and Craig the band came up with some “wicked” compositions with truckloads of promise. The competition held at Le Royal meridian Chennai saw the band land up in second place, bagging the best guitarist award and probably the best verbally outrageous band award, if ever one existed. From there on the band tasted sweet victory at JIPMER winning best band, vocalist, guitarist, drummer and own composition and the second best bassist and rhythm in SPANDAN 2005. Next stop was one of the bands most memorable gigs at NLS’ Strawberry Fields, an extremely excellent experience, with loads of love and respect to all the people who made it feel like home. Madras Christian College came next and that saw very similar results with best band and best drummer. But the main highlight of the evening was, that from the previous show in Bangalore (NLS Strawberry Fields) the band grew a small fan base which resulted in the audience randomly requesting for their songs. Next up, home town competition at IIT Madras was great fun. The band made it through to the finals and walked away with best guitarist and a fancy Fender as a prize. Junkyard Groove came back to their favourite haunt JIPMER to perform at the SPANDAN 2006 pro show. A kick-ass performance at SHAMAL, Dubai saw them emerge victorious and landed them a 3 year recording contract with Creative Kingdom Records, USA. The band was the opening act at Dubai’s Desert Rock Festival 2007 opening for the likes of IRON MAIDEN, INCUBUS and ROBERT PLANT.

LINKS ::

My space :: http://www.myspace.com/junkyardgroove

Soundclick :: http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=698746

Orkut Community :: http://www.orkut.com/Community.aspx?cmm=18660270