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Advaita, Split, TAAQ and Indus Creed Lead Jack Daniel’s Annual Rock Awards Nominations

It’s a close competition among the top Indian indie bands at the eighth edition in the annual awards show this year.

Rolling Stone India Jan 16, 2013

The past year has been nothing short of eventful for some of the biggest Indian bands. The number of top-notch albums produced by artists already on the top of their game last year results in a tough fight for nominations at the Jack Daniel’s Annual Rock Awards. 

The eighth edition of the annual awards event will see rock veterans Indus Creed lead the nominations tally, with seven nods for their 2012 album Evolve. Delhi folk fusion band Advaita stand at an equal chance, with seven nominations for their sophomore effort The Silent Sea.

Tied with six nominations each are Mumbai alternative rock band Split [who released Counting Perfume in February 2012] and Bengaluru alt rock band Thermal And A Quarter [for their triple album Three Wheels 9 Lives]. 

Nominations for the JD Rock Awards this year are a reflection of the rapidly growing alternative music industry with bands from almost every genre making their presence known. Reggae/ska band The Ska Vengers are up for five nominations, including Best Band and Best Album [for their eponymous self-titled debut album], among others. 

This year, the introduction of the new category for Best Metal Band has Delhi progressive metal band Skyharbor, thrash/groove metal band Providence, melodic death metal band Dark Helm and black metal band 1833 AD vying for the award.

The winner in the Best Band category will get to attend the JD Grand Concert at Cambodia later this year. Voting is now open to public. To vote for your favorite band, click here: www.jdrockawards.com. The Jack Daniel’s Annual Rock Awards ceremony will take place on the 22nd of February at Mehboob Studios in Mumbai.


Nominees for JD Annual Rock Awards: 


Best Band / Artist



Indus Creed





Thermal And A Quarter

The Ska Vengers


Best Album

Papon ”“ The Story So Far

Thermal And A Quarter ”“ Three Wheels 9 Lives

Advaita ”“ The Silent Sea

Split”“ Counting Perfume

Indus Creed ”“ Evolve

Agam ”“ The Inner Self Awakens

Sridhar/Thayil ”“ STD

The Ska Vengers ”“ The Ska Vengers

Swarathma ”“ Topiwalleh


Best Song

Papon ”“ “Boitha Maro Re”

Rabbi ”“ “Ganga”

Thermal And A Quarter ”“ “For The Cat”

Swarathma ”“ “Topiwalleh”

Blek ”“ “Fog + Strobe”

Advaita ”“ “Gamapanipa”

Skyharbor ”“ “Maeva”

Indus Creed ”“ “Dissolve”

Sridhar/Thayil ”“ “This Be The Beat”


Best Metal Band



1833 AD

Dark Helm


Best Female Vocalist

Sulk Station ”“ Tanvi Rao

Sridhar/Thayil ”“ Suman Sridhar

The Ska Vengers ”“ Samara C

Vivienne ”“ Vivienne Pocha

Gowri ”“ Gowri Jayakumar

Big Bang Blues ”“ Ipshita Roy


Best Male Vocalist

Papon ”“ Angaraag “Papon” Mahanta

Rabbi ”“ Rabbi Shergill

Indus Creed ”“ Uday Benegal

Advaita ”“ Chayan Adhikari, Ujwal Nagar, Suhail Yusuf Khan

Swarathma ”“ Vasu Dixit

Split ”“ Garreth D’Mello

Thermal And A Quarter ”“ Bruce Lee Mani


Best Guitarist

Indus Creed ”“ Mahesh Tinaikar

Split”“ Aviv Pereira, Melroy D’Mello

Baiju Dharmajan ”“ Baiju Dharmajan

Thermal And A Quarter ”“ Bruce Lee Mani

Skyharbor ”“ Keshav Dhar

Agam ”“ Praveen Kumar Thiagarajan


Best Bassist

Swarathma ”“ Jishnu Dasgupta

Blakc ”“ Roop Thomas

The Ska Vengers ”“ Tony Guinard

Split”“ Shekar Mohite

Advaita ”“ Gaurav Chintamani 


Best Drummer

Indus Creed ”“ Jai Row Kavi 

Thermal And A Quarter ”“ Rajeev Rajagopal

Split”“ Varoon Aiyer

Agam ”“ Ganeshram Nagrajan

Advaita ”“ Aman Singh


Best Keyboardist

Jason Zac Band ”“ Jason Zachariah

Indus Creed ”“ Zubin Balaporia

Allegro Fudge ”“ Jason Zachariah

The Ska Vengers ”“ Stefan Kaye

Advaita ”“ Anindo Bose 


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