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Mumbai Alt Rockers Alder Eye to Launch Debut EP ‘Timeframe’ This Week

The band brings together raging riffs, pulsating grooves and soaring vocals on their first release

David Britto May 14, 2019

Mumbai alt/prog band Alder Eye. Photo: Courtesy of the artist

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Last November, Mumbai alt rock/prog band Alder Eye came to our attention when we featured their debut single, “Brittle Love,” as our Editor’s Pick of the week. Vocalist David Tauro says, “That track put us on the indie radar as far as I know.” On May 17th, the band is all geared to launch their debut four-track EP Timeframe, at city-based venue Above The Habitat supported by nu-metal outfit Anthracite and jam band Lobster Anomaly.

Alder Eye – comprising Tauro, guitarists Karan Ghosh and Shardul Donde, bassist Kamran Raza and drummer Aryaman Chatterji – only settled on their current lineup last year. Ghosh explains that the group began in 2010 alongside Raza as Syntax Error and would play AC/DC covers. “As time passed and we all grew and evolved, so did our taste in music. A lot of the original band members left as they were busy with college and other work,” says Ghosh. The guitarist tells us that as soon as Alder Eye formed is when they started composing new material and rewriting some of their older songs. Tauro says, “Before I joined the band the guys had already written most of the music for all four tracks.”

‘Timeframe’ artwork by Akshit Parmar.

Timeframe is a quintessential rock EP filled with chunky guitar riffs and solos, energetic drum parts, melodic vocals and more. The record consists of their previously released singles; the playful yet soaring “Brittle Love” which lays out the vulnerabilities of being in love and the prog-leaning title track which is about “throwing out all the fear and restraint one has towards following their dreams.” The recently released acoustic driven “Dreaming in Silence” was originally penned by the band’s previous vocalist Rishabh Kant. Tauro says, “To me, it is a song about anxiety.” He adds, “We didn’t change much. It’s a great piece of music and I hope I did justice to what he [Kant] had in mind for it.” The stocky “Harassment” – the first song written by the band in 2010 – “is about the struggles of addiction.” Tauro explains, “I’ve suffered my own share of addictions and putting that into a fast paced aggressive song brought me some level of peace.”

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A majority of the EP was tracked at Mumbai’s Frank Gabriel Audio while drums were recorded at Spud in the Box’s drummer Joshua Singh’s home studio. The record was produced by Frank Gabriel Audio’s own Jason D’Souza (guitarist from Mumbai rockers The Koniac Net) and Jordan Veigas. “They put in so much hard work to give us the quality we achieved on this record, and pushed us to our limits to ensure our performances on the album was nothing short of our best,” says Ghosh.

Apart from performing Timeframe in its entirety at their launch gig, the group also intend on writing new material. “We are planning to release one or two singles later on in the future, and we also plan to collaborate with different artists,” says Ghosh. For Alder Eye, the future looks bright and Tauro exclaims, “I can’t stress this enough though but I do sometimes pinch myself to see if it’s all a dream!”

Click here for more details on Alder Eye’s album launch gig at Mumbai’s Above The Habitat. Watch the music video for “Dreaming in Silence” below: 

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