Mood Indigo 2010 – New Night Over India

As in each year, this year too IIT-B managed to get a premier niche band,Katatonia, to perform for Mood-I. And, as in each year, this year too IIT-B managed to let the general crowd in after the 1st band, Abraxas, had finished their set. Abraxas was the eventual winner of the Livewire competition which also had Goddess Gagged, Purple Asparagus andGuillotine in contention. All these bands were allowed to play a very short set, which didn’t allow us to judge them properly.

The old stalwarts of Indian Rock, Indus Creed, were up next with a new bassist, Rushad Mistry (of Agnee) and a new drummer, the excellent and prolific Jai Row Kavi (ex-Agnee, ex-Pin Drop Violence, ex-Helga’s Fun Castle, Tough on Tobacco, ex-Bhayanak Maut). They played an hour-long set containing a mixture of old favorite tracks like Rock & roll renegade, pretty child and Top of the Rock, and some new tracks (the names of which I didn’t catch). In the entire set, it was very evident that the old guard (Uday Benegal, Mahesh Tinaikar and Zubin Balaporia) had lost none of its edge and did an excellent job of connecting with the crowd. Zubin’s and Mahesh’s intermingling solos with their respective instruments were particularly delightful. It was really heartening to see a nearly 3-decades old band truly enjoying themselves and rocking it out on stage like teenagers.

With the exit of Indus Creed to a thundering applause, a palpable pall of chill & doom descended and an almost tangible cord of tension was felt running through the expectant crowd. Katatonia took their time to arrive on stage, but when they did, they did with an explosion of Day & Then The Shade, which was quickly followed by Liberation and My Twin. They didn’t waste time belting out a mindblowing 17 track assault which spanned a rapturous 1.5 hrs. The set seemed like Katatonia’s Best Of compilation with tracks from The Great Cold Distance, Viva Emptiness and Night Is The New Day. They played Viva Emptiness almost in its entirety, and it’s my most favorite Katatonia album! The tracks July and Teargas got the most crowd response, and it was kinda interesting to see females in the crowd moshing about. The sound of the entire show was impeccable, the crushing downtuned guitars rooting all of us in our places, and Oh!, the mournful, soulful vocals of Jonas Renske! The vocals of Renske need a special mention. They were like aurora borealis floating and shimmering over a tumultuous ocean of thundering riffs. Katatonia ended their set withJuly, Forsaker and Leaders and I glimpsed at my friend and he was actually weeping. That was effect Katatonia had on the crowd yesterday. A thoroughly professional and mesmerizing performance by Katatonia, made even more praise-worthy by the fact that they played 6 gigs in 9 days. Their No Sleep Till Tour 2010 actually lived up to its name.

Those who missed the gig, I can only feel sad for you, ‘coz you missed something which I don’t think you will experience again. 21/12/2010 was the day when a few hundred people transcended this world to the surreal music of Katatonia. Even if Katatonia comes back to India, don’t think they will play a 1.5 hrs set.


2 Responses to “Mood Indigo 2010 – New Night Over India”

  1. good review, Karthik. Even I am wondering whether the Indian fans would ever get to watch Katatonia playing for one and a half hours in this country again.

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