Delhi prog metallers Colossal Figures live at the Rolling Stone Metal Awards in 2015. Photo: Himanshu Rohilla
The capital will soon be the testing ground for a new gig series that wants to make metal mingle with indie. The Double Bill, which takes place onÂ June 24th and June 26thÂ at Antisocial in New Delhi, will bring together six bands across two days. The gig series’ inaugural edition will host Pune experimentalÂ metallersÂ Noiseware,Â post-rock bandsÂ IoishÂ andÂ Aswekeepsearching, math rock/metallersÂ Kraken and alt/progÂ band October. It will also markÂ the return ofÂ progÂ metal band Colossal FiguresÂ after nearly a year.
Hosted by Ahmedabad-based event/booking firmÂ BlueTree’sÂ UddipanÂ SarmahÂ [who also frontsÂ Aswekeepsearching], The Double Bill is a follow-up of sorts to the 2Stroke Tour series that started outÂ last year. While the aim behindÂ 2StrokeÂ was to create a touring culture among bands,Â SarmahÂ says the focus of the Double Bill is to give metal bands the same footing as non-metal bandsÂ in different cities. He adds, “If I’m doing an indie gig, I know I’d get about 200 people, so why not give them a chance to check out metal? We want to merge the crowds.” Although there’s a day’s gap between the shows due to logistical reasons, a ticket for the two-day gig will sell atÂ RsÂ 500. Social’s outgoing culture manager Meg D’Souza explains the economics, “It’s not a big amount [of revenue from gigs] that everyone walks away with, but it’s honestly what needs to be done to keep the scene alive. We’ve been running as a venue for nearly two years now. If we break even, we’re pretty much satisfied.”Â
Â TheÂ lineupÂ is equally convincing, featuring Colossal Figures’ return to the stage nearly a year after they put the band on hold, following vocalistÂ GovindÂ Marodia’sÂ death in July last year. Says guitarist Karan Mehta, “We hadn’t jammed for more than a year, but people are still following us, which is amazing.” The band is currently auditioning vocalists and are yet to finalize on a new singer, but Mehta promises they will perform songs off theirÂ 2014 debut full-length albumÂ Clockwork DilationÂ as well as the next set of songs they began working on, including a new track called “Co-exist.”
The Double Bill also includesÂ NoisewareÂ returning to perform their first show in Delhi since 2013.Â SarmahÂ notes that sinceÂ Aswekeepsearching’sÂ bassist Bob Alex and drummerÂ GautamÂ Deb, along with live engineerÂ Adhiraj Singh [guitars] are all part ofÂ Noiseware, he called on the rest of the band to perform at the gig as well. Singh says, “This has to be the most economically fulfilling gig. It could be a model. I’m just putting that out there.”
Poster for The Double Bill by Denver Fernandes. Click to enlarge
The Double Bill takes place at Antisocial, New Delhi on:
June 24thÂ ”“Â Ioish, October,Â Aswekeepsearching
June 26thÂ ”“ Colossal Figures,Â Noiseware, Kraken
Event details here.