Kraken: Turning Into Happy Beasts
How the Delhi rockers scrapped two albums worth of material to arrive at their “uplifting” five-track debut EP
It is a summer day inÂ Vienna and Delhi’s newestÂ rock band ”“ Kraken ”“Â have just made their internationalÂ debut at European BikeÂ Week 2015. Enjoying the spoilsÂ for their first gig overseas, the sixÂ members were at a backpackersÂ hostel and found a piano and aÂ couple of guitars lying around,Â Â which called for an impromptuÂ jam.
For their guitarist andÂ principal songwriter Moses Koul,Â however, this was a chance toÂ show his bandmates a song ideaÂ he’d been working on. Says Koul,Â “We started playing and we suddenlyÂ found so many peopleÂ from the hostel were all standingÂ around us and digging it.”
The song, now underÂ the working title “Doggy,” is whatÂ co-vocalist Vipul Verma callsÂ “the love song” on their upcomingÂ five-track debut EP. The vocalistÂ adds, “There’s another songÂ that we wrote after Austria;Â it’s more about open fields andÂ chilling.” He’s talking about oneÂ called “Kawaii,” which Koul tellsÂ us is more about “autumn inÂ Japan.” The guitarist adds, “I’mÂ influenced by travel, aromas,Â food and that sort of stuff.”
ThatÂ explains why they’ve chosenÂ working titles like “Mango Duet”Â and “Yo” for their songs. But he’sÂ not giving any definite answersÂ as to whether this EP stays in theÂ same frenetic realm of their post hardcore/Â math rock and metal influencedÂ debut single “DanceÂ Jane Dance,” which released inÂ 2014. It’s been their claim to fame,Â but Koul talks like an old soulÂ when he says they’ve matured.Â He says, “It’s uplifting rockÂ music. It’s not a metal album.Â Just because metalheads areÂ listening to us, doesn’t mean we’dÂ cater to them.” While VermaÂ says he’s not bringing out any ofÂ his growls on the EP, Koul saysÂ he’s been listening to everythingÂ from Japanese jazz fusion toÂ experimental hip-hop.
The band, who came togetherÂ in 2013 and extends to covocalistÂ Shagun Trisal, keyboardistÂ Reuben Das, bassist RangarajanÂ Venkatraman and drummerÂ Reet Mukherjee, have been workingÂ on an EP since 2014. Koul,Â who writes most of the materialÂ and jams on it with MukherjeeÂ before letting the rest of theÂ band add inputs, scrapped materialÂ worth two albums. They’reÂ now heading into the studio toÂ record with producer-guitaristÂ Keshav Dhar, who is also mixingÂ and mastering the yet-to-betitledÂ EP.