Cassini’s Division, an alt rock band from Kolkata played at Hard Rock Cafe the other night and I went to check it out. It had been quite a while since I’d heard them last in Singapore where they’d performed as a part of Sutasi, a talent hunt which featured bands and musicians from across Asia (It was also aired in India on Zee Cafe so you might know what I’m talking about).
For a Tuesday night at HRC, the place was pretty packed. Besides the regular diners, there were a whole lot of pretty hardcore fans singing along with the band, screaming for tracks and cheering after every single song. Has anyone else noticed that the Bengali bands seem to manage to do that in Bombay? All the Supersonics’ gigs I’ve gone to in the city have always had a loyal, enthusiastic audience.
The band played a fairly long set, about two hours in total, with a lot of tracks from their debut album Ringside View, released at the end of 2010. I quite liked a couple of their tracks, but to be entirely honest, I’m not really a fan of their music. What works I think, is that they cover a variety of styles, each track is pretty different from the first, and while Rahul, the vocalist doesn’t always sing in key, he does really change it up between the rapping and singing, with some freestyling thrown in as well.
If you’re in Pune, you can catch them at HRC on the 17th of February. If you want to know what the sound is like, check out their video for Glow Worm, a track off their debut album Ringside View.
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