Photos: Fake Plastic Friends Bring Porcupine Tree to Life at Hard Rock Cafe Andheri, Mumbai
The newly formed tribute band drew a packed house of over 500 fans of the UK prog band
It wasn’t without a certain sense of irony that Fake Plastic Friends frontman Rohan Rajadhyaksha belted out the refrain to Porcupine Tree’s 2002 single “The Sound of Muzak”: “Demographic/Gives what you want” ”” turns out that the newly formed tributeÂ band knew exactly how much the prog community yearned to experience the British act live, especially considering the slim chances of a reunion in the near future.
And while fans might have to wait untilÂ October for the entire immersive experience [courtesy Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson], Fake Plastic Friends made sure to put onÂ a show that’ll keep the prog-parched, Wilson-worshipping community going.Â For their debut gig, the five-member band comprising members of prog rockersÂ Coshish, alt rock bandÂ Spud in the Box and folk actÂ Winit Tikoo pulled tracks from across Porcupine Tree’s discography for a two-hour, 16-track-long set, backed by delightfully obscure visuals. Rajadhyaksha [fromÂ Spud in the Box] led the band through lesser-known PT gems””the restless psychedelia of “Cheating the Polygraph” (Nil RecurringÂ EP, 2007], the clap-along melancholy ofÂ “Time Flies” (The Incident, 2009) andÂ the plodding heartbreak of “Shesmovedon” (Lightbulb Sun, 2000) to name a few.
But it was on more familiar tracks that both the band and the audience raised the volume. Drummer Hamza Kazi [from Coshish] thundered through the angsty “Fear of A Blank Planet” [while swatting away marriage proposals from the crowd], bassist Aditya Kadam lumbered on through “Way Out of Here” while guitarists Daniel Rego and Veljon Noronha showed off their chops on the instrumentally-driven “Hatesong”. Rajadhyaksha, who also took up keyboard duties, may have been low on stamina by the end of the evening, but that was hardly noticeable in the face of the ensuing moshpits (“Open Car”) and the accompaniment of nearly 500-strong voices that swelled onÂ cult classics. Sound issues and sweat puddles notwithstanding, Fake Plastic Friends’ tributeÂ triggeredÂ Porcupine Tree nostalgia that was only too real.
Watch Fake Plastic Friends perform “Blackest Eyes” below. Fake Plastic Friends will also perform a tribute to Porcupine Tree atÂ Hard Rock Cafe, Pune on June 16th.
“Fear of a Blank Planet”
“Cheating the Polygraph”
“Drown With Me”
“Way Out of Here”
“The Sound of Muzak”
“Arriving Somewhere But Not Here/Deadwing”
Photos by Bryan Daniel.