Meet the Nominees: Eccentric Pendulum
Bengaluru’s progressive metal band pack in their collective oddities on their album
Bengaluru-based prog metal band Eccentric Pendulum inlcudes vocalist Nikhil Vastarey, Ashish Kumar and Arjun Mulky on guitar, Arun Natrajan on bass and Vibhas Venkatram on drums.
Wary of being labeled as just another metal band, guitarist Mulky explains that Eccentric Pendulum was formed in order to combine their different influences of jazz, rock, rap and of course metal. “When we initially started jamming, we did not follow a genre. Most of our songs don’t have the same time signatures.” Calling their music “experimental,” Venkatram adds that the band’s basic motive while writing music is to keep themselves from getting bored of their own music. “People have called us weird sounding, unconventional and all sorts of things. Our constant endeavor is to create sounds that are different so that we don’t get bored of playing them live.”
Eccentric Pendulum has played the Wacken Open Air festival in Germanylast year and SWR Barroselas Metal fest XV in Portugalin 2012.
The Sculptor of Negative Emotions ”“ (2010)
Winding the Optics ”“ (2011)
The band is currently working on a new EP that is due for release by the end of the year.
Best Album ”“ ”˜Winding the Optics’
Best Song ”“ ”˜The Axioms of Aphotic Expressions’
Best Vocalist ”“ Nikhil Vastarey
Best Drummer ”“ Vibhas Venkatram
Best Bassist- Arun Natrajan
“We will always be making music, irrespective of whether we win or not,” says Mulky.
Things you didn’t know aboutÂ Eccentric Pendulum
Eccentric Pendulum draw from a wide range of music when they’re writing songs.Â “We listen to jazz fusion artistes like Kashiwa Daisuke, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Hiromi. Our music has a lot of these influences,” says Venkatram
Before the band plays at the Bangalore Open Air festival on June 16th, 2012, they will perform on June 9th at Geoffrey’s Pub in Chennai with Chennai band Escher’s Knot.
Interview by Swathy Sethumadhavan