Ray-Ban Never Hide Sounds Announces Top Bands
Top 15 bands shortlisted, contest open to public voting soon
The annual talent hunt for top undiscovered talent, Ray-Ban Never Hide Sounds, gets bigger and louder in its second year. This year, 145 bands from over 10 cities including Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Baroda, Chennai, Hyderabad, Shillong, Surat and Thiruvananthapuram sent in their entries and the contest has narrowed down to 15 stellar acts.
Bands such as Chennai’s funk rockers Franks Got The FunkÂ haveÂ made it to the shortlist for the second year in a row. Keyboardist Vikram Ashok of Franks Got The Funk is hopeful that his band will it to the final this year. “It will be a great think for us to finally play north of Bangalore. So far we have only played in Chennai, Hyderabad or surrounding areas. Must get viral,” says Ashok.
Delhi all-girl post punk band, The Vinyl Records, whose video for the track “Ready, Set, Go” is already a YouTube hit, has made it to the final 15. “We are quite confident we will get in the finale. We have a great video, a great set-up and are waiting to win,” says the band’s drummer Mithy Tatak.
Kerala-based metal act Chaotic Years are also one of the top contenders this year. Band member Taz James, who picked up the Best Keyboardist trophy at the 2012 Rolling Stone Metal Awards says, “We are waiting to smash it at the finale in Mumbai. We haven’t played in the city for a long time and this would be a good time.”
The selected 15 bands will be further put to vote andÂ be judged by some of the finest musicians in the country including members of Mumbai band Indus Creed, Swarathma’s Vasu Dixit, Mumbai’s Sidd Coutto to shortlist the final five. Winning bands will take home equipment worth Rs 50,000 courtesy Ray Ban.
The Grand Finale of Ray-Ban Never Hides Sounds will be held on October 13th at Bandra Amphitheater in Mumbai.
Here is the complete list of the top 15 bands
The Vinyl Records
Franks Got The Funk
Funk The System
The Uncertainty Principle
83 Miles Per Hour