Rolling Stone India Premiere: Modern Mafia Release New Single â€œChewbaccaâ€™s Revengeâ€
The Mumbai alt rock bandâ€™s latest track is heavy on pop culture references and guitar riffs
â€œImagine what Chewbacca would do if he went for a haircut and he didnâ€™t like the results?â€ asks Modern Mafia vocalist Varun Das, â€œIt started off as a joke and now weâ€™ve been performing the song for two years.â€
The four-member alt rock band from Mumbai, who first premiered the track at Ray-Banâ€™s 75th Anniversary Celebrations in 2012, have reworked â€œChewbaccaâ€™s Revengeâ€ after Jason Dâ€™souza [who is also a member of Mumbai indie rock band The Koniac Net] replaced Ishaan Krishna as lead guitarist in 2013. Says Das, â€œHeâ€™s incorporated a lot of his own style into the track and heâ€™s changed some of the guitar parts, so in a lot of ways itâ€™s almost an entirely new song.â€ Since the release of their EP Random Sheep in 2012, the group has regularly released singles instead of albums. Adds Das, â€œWe kind of realized that no one has time to listen to an entire album and singles just seem like more fun. You can experiment with different things every few months.â€
Produced by Sanchit Bhan, who has worked previously with actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s record label HitRecord in New York, â€œChewbaccaâ€™s Revengeâ€ is the groupâ€™s first release this year, but Modern Mafia promises that theyâ€™re wrapping up new material, which will be released in the next few months. Not to mention a new music video where â€œChewbacca goes crazy.â€ Adds Das, â€œWeâ€™re just four friends having fun on stage and we donâ€™t take ourselves very seriously. The idea was to make songs about things that influenced us while we were growing up.â€
Listen to “Chewbacca’s Revenge” here. Download the single for free here.