Artists To Watch Out For: Street Stories
The high-energy three piece punk pop band from Shillong love Lady Gaga and aren’t afraid to show it
Street Stories is one the five bands that have made it to our list.Â
WHO The three-piece band fromÂ Shillong comprises the KronuÂ brothers”” Riko (bass) and PezoÂ (vocals, guitar) and their schoolmate,Â Matsram Sangma. TheÂ band that has been influencedÂ by Blink-182, Good CharlotteÂ and Simple Plan, got togetherÂ in 2010, when the bassist andÂ vocalist spotted Sangma playingÂ the drums during SundayÂ church service.
SOUND Like all young punks,Â Street Stories are hyperchargedÂ on stage with catchy riffs drivingÂ a show that’s tough toÂ match. Their songs have strongÂ melodic hooks that build into aÂ riot of commanding riffs andÂ whip-cracking snare hits. SaysÂ Pezo about their five-track debutÂ EP, The Apple & The Clown, “It’sÂ about relationships, boyfriend/girlfriendÂ stuff”¦ at least theÂ first three songs. Since I do mostÂ of the songwriting, our songs areÂ mostly about random stuff in myÂ life.” The Apple in the EP’s titleÂ is a metaphor for his girlfriend,Â tells us Pezo, and the clownÂ is a title that he’s bestowedÂ upon himself.
BEST WATCHED When you watchÂ Street Stories’ 21-year-old frontmanÂ Pezo Kronu twist and convulseÂ on stage as he performs
“I’ve Got Something to LiveÂ For,” it would be hard to believeÂ that he is painfully shy offstage.Â Their undersized, underaged
lineup only adds to their heavyÂ sound. “We like the idea of a three-piece band. There are fewerÂ complications and since no one
is covering one another, all of usÂ get a big sound when on stage,”Â adds Pezo.Â
From performing at localÂ clubs in Shillong, Delhi andÂ Kolkata, the trio has been regularsÂ on the competition circuitÂ having performed at Nagaland’sÂ Hornbill Festival andÂ Mumbai’s Ray-Ban 75th AnniversaryÂ band hunt, besides playingÂ festivals like Escape in NaukuchiatalÂ and Ziro in ArunachalÂ Pradesh. “We have been selectedÂ as finalists at many band hunts,Â but never won. Maybe the judgesÂ are a little old-school,” feelsÂ Pezo.
The band that draws itsÂ inspiration from all sorts ofÂ music ”“ classic rock to punk andÂ pop ”“ recalls how a cover of LadyÂ Gaga’s “Poker Face” imbued withÂ their own brand of energetic alt-rockÂ was a performance highlightÂ at the Escape Festival. “We recorded
it at home sometime inÂ 2010, and put it on ReverbNation.Â It became quite popular andÂ we even performed it in our homeÂ town,” says Pezo.
WORK AND PLAY The three bandmates are all still in college andÂ a look at their touring roster thisÂ year will make it clear that theÂ boys really have to work hardÂ at balancing studies and music.Â Says band frontman Pezo, “I’mÂ pretty rebellious when it comesÂ to school. I don’t want to be inÂ school, I want to play music.”Â His loathing for a structured educationalÂ system has proved toÂ be good fodder for their creativeÂ interests with the band’s latestÂ single “Ink and Pen,” a track thatÂ urges you to look beyond formalÂ education.
SPIN THIS The title track fromÂ their EP, “The Apple & TheÂ Clown” where melodious progressionsÂ hop in and out to produce
a tight punk-driven assault,Â talks about the ups and downs inÂ relationships.