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Tough On Tobacco, Adil & Vasundhara, Sky Rabbit and The Lightyears Explode Lead Jack Daniel’s Annual Rock Awards Nominees

Public voting is now open for three categories for the ninth edition of the awards show, which will take place on February 21st in Mumbai

Rolling Stone India Jan 11, 2014
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JD BackdropThe ninth edition of the Jack Daniel’s Annual Rock Awards is all set to get rolling, with nominees spanning across multiple genres from several parts of the country. Public voting for Best Song, Best Band and Best Album of the year is now open via the Jack Daniel’s voting app here. 

Leading with nominations in six out of 10 categories each this year are Mumbai rock band Tough on Tobacco, who released their second album Big Big Joke,  and Delhi jazz act Adil & Vasundhara, who released their debut full-length album Ampersand. Following close behind with five nominations are Mumbai acts such as electro rockers Sky Rabbit for their five-track EP Where, and punk rock band The Lightyears Explode, who released their debut album The Revenge of Kalicharan.

Among the best new acts to get nominated is Kolkata pop artist Nischay Parekh, with three nominations in the top categories of Best Band, Best Album and Best Song for his debut album Ocean. Other acts with three nominations include Mumbai-based guitarist and composer Sanjeev Thomas, who released Epic Shit, and progressive rock band Coshish, for their concept album Firdous.

Giving competition to leading bands this year are Delhi’s newest crop of bands, including electro rock band Jester, nominated in Best Keyboardist and Best Guitarist, and electronica group Tankbund, who are nominated for Best Vocalist (Female) and Best Keyboardist. Watch out for the Best Emerging Artist category, whose nominations will be announced following the Jack Daniel’s Rock Awards Best Emerging Artist Showcase gig in Delhi on January 16th.

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The Best Metal Band category enters its second year this year, after Delhi prog metal band Skyharbor took home the honors last year. At the JD Rock Awards this year, thrash metal bands Devoid, Chaos, symphonic black metal band Cosmic Infusion, death metal band Reptilian Death, alternative metal band Heretic and hardcore/metal band Reverrse Polarity are nominees in the Best Metal Band category.

The awards show will be held on February 21st in Mumbai.

Vote for your favorite artists to win at the JD Rock Awards 2013 here.

Jack Daniel’s Annual Rock Awards 2013 Nominees

Best Band

Adil & Vasundhara


Nischay Parekh

Sky Rabbit

The Lightyears Explode

Tough On Tobacco


Best Album

Adil & Vasundhara ”“ Ampersand

Coshish ”“ Firdous

Nischay Parekh ”“ Ocean

Sky Rabbit ”“ Where

Tajdar Junaid ”“ What Colour Is Your Raindrop

The Lightyears Explode ”“ The Revenge of Kalicharan

Tough On Tobacco ”“ Big Big Joke


Best Song

Nischay Parekh ”“ “Ocean”

Siddharth Basrur ”“ “Rain”

Sky Rabbit ”“ “Maybe Is Open Tonight”

Tajdar Junaid ”“ “Though I Know”

The Bicycle Days ”“ “Conundrum”

The Lightyears Explode ”“ “I Am A Disco Dancer”


Best Metal Band


Cosmic Infusion



Reptilian Death

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Reverrse Polarity


Best Emerging Artist


The F16s

The Koniac Net

Nischay Parekh

Spud In The Box

Until We Last


Best Vocalist (Male)

Sanjeev T &  The Epic Shit ”“ Sanjeev Thomas

Siddharth Basrur ”“ Siddharth Basrur

Sky Rabbit ”“ Raxit Tewari

Suraj Mani & The Tattva Trippers ”“ Suraj Mani

Tough On Tobacco ”“ Sidd Coutto


Best Vocalist (Female)

Adil & Vasundhara ”“ Vasundhara Vee

Tankbund ”“ Radha Priya

USP ”“ Arika Silaichia


Best Guitarist

Adil & Vasundhara ”“ Adil Manuel

Sanjeev T & The Epic Shit ”“ Baiju Dharmajan

Jester ”“ Pranav Pahwa

Sky Rabbit ”“ Rahul Nadkarni

Tough On Tobacco ”“ Pozy Dhar & Gaurav Gupta


Best Bassist

Adil & Vasundhara ”“ Saurabh Suman

Heretic ”“ Benjamin Thomas

The Lightyears Explode ”“ Shalom Benjamin

Tough On Tobacco ”“ Johan Pais

The Family Cheese ”“ Homi Rustumji

Best Drummer

Adil & Vasundhara ”“ Sava Boyadzhiev

Coshish ”“ Hamza Kazi

Devoid ”“ Shubham Kumar

Tough On Tobacco ”“ Jai Row Kavi

The Lightyears Explode ”“ Aaron Carvalho


Best Keyboardist

Jason Zac Band ”“ Jason Zachariah

Sanjeev T & The Epic Shit ”“ Ralfin Stephen

Allegro Fudge ”“ Jason Zachariah

Jester ”“ Harshit Jain

Tankbund ”“ Ritwik De

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