Coshish, Rainburn Team Up to Take Prog to New Cities
The annual gig series Progworks On Wheels will travel to five cities through October; feature the two prog bands sharing the stage with local acts
About a year after its initial club edition in Bengaluru in July, gig seriesÂ Progworks On Wheels returnsÂ as a much bigger package, including more bands and a set of wheels that will take Mumbai bandÂ CoshishÂ and their Bengaluru counterpartsÂ RainburnÂ to five cities, between October 14th and October 28th.Â Says RainburnÂ guitarist VatsÂ Iyengar, “I thought we would do a bigger one-day festival forÂ ProgworksÂ and the other idea was to have a longer tour withÂ Coshish. Now they’ve merged both.”
The bands, who played two shows together in Mumbai and Pune in June, also have help from Bengaluru co-promoterÂ Ramakrishnan Krishnan, previously part of the 2Stroke Tour.Â He says, “My main interest in this is more in promoting and pushing this interesting and complex genre that we call progressive but which is a lot more than what we perhaps associate it with here in India. And that’s an interest that both AshwinÂ [Sharma,Â CoshishÂ
TheÂ lineupÂ extends to include local bands in each city, which makes it less of a co-headline tour forÂ CoshishÂ andÂ RainburnÂ and more of a collective showcase of progressive rock and metal and its subgenres. While their opening show in New Delhi on October 14th features The Uncertainty Principle and Passages, Mumbai includes instrumental rock/metal bands such as Pangea andÂ FraunikusÂ and Pune featuresÂ prog/post-rock act Celestial Teapot, and the Bengaluru show has a performance from math rock band Stuck In November.
CoshishÂ guitaristÂ ShrikantÂ Sre
As forÂ CoshishÂ material, there may be a new track that’s tentatively titled “GavinciÂ Code” (as a nod toÂ progÂ drummer Gavin Harrison),Â whichÂ SreenivasanÂ
RainburnÂ are alsoÂ taking three new songs on the road, including “Merchant of Dreams,” which they played at their show in Mumbai earlier this year, and “Elusive Light,”Â whichÂ IyengarÂ
As forÂ Progworks On Wheels,Â IyengarÂ hopes to push it further and keep it running annually. He adds, “I thought it up independent ofÂ Rainburn, so I want to do this next year, but without me orÂ Coshish, possibly making it just about innovative music and not justÂ prog.”
ProgworksÂ OnÂ Wheels 2016 ”“Â CoshishÂ andÂ Rainburn
October 14th ”“ Antisocial, New Delhi w/The Uncertainty Principle, Passages
October 19th ”“ Antisocial, Mumbai w/Pangea,Â Fraunikus
October 20th ”“ Hard Rock CafÃ©, Pune w/Celestial Teapot
October 27th ”“ The Humming Tree, Bengaluru w/Stuck In November
October 28th ”“ The Other Side, Hyderabad
Event details here.