Throw a rock, and chances are it will land on a band. The changing landscape of music is such that bands are more erratic than Guwahati’s power supply: here now gone the next moment. ‘Old bands’ are so few that if you heard each of them every day of the week, you would have a few days left. This is where Sikkim’s Girish and the Chronicles feel like a breath of old, fresh air. Yes, you read that right. Old air, but fresh because their music has remained relevant, new, and welcomed.
EastMojo recently had the opportunity to interview the lead vocalist of the celebrated Sikkim band, Girish and the Chronicles (GATC), Girish Pradhan. The Bangalore-based band has been showcasing their dynamic range by making music across several genres, from Hard Rock, Melodic Rock, to Progressive and Heavy Metal.
The band was formed in 2009 after Girish returned from a multi-city trip and met up with his friends. Soon after his return, Girish, along with his friends Suraz Karki (Guitarist), Nagen Sarki (Drummer) and Yogesh Pradhan (Bassist) recorded “Angels”.
They officially performed as a band for the first time at Alcheringa, 2010.
Speaking about the style of their music, Girish told EastMojo, “Our music is very 80s-oriented. You can compare our sound to bands like Dokken, AC/DC, Wrath, Mötley Crüe, a little bit of Iron Maiden.”
However, Girish and the Chronicles are known for adding their own elements to the music that they grew up on and creating something unique. Speaking on this, Girish said, “For example, out of 14-15 songs, we’ll have 6 to 7 typical 80s hard rock/metal. Apart from that, we add some progressive elements and a little bit of our Sikkimese tradition, which will be more prominent in our upcoming albums.”
Girish and the Chronicles have always worked to keep the music that they love, alive. There were no other bands before their inception that was producing the kind of sound that they do. “When we started, most of the bands were all about Groove metal or progressive metal,” said Girish.
The band recently signed a multi-album deal with Frontiers Music SRL, an Italian record label, and have promised new music very soon.
“In India, I think, it is a revival process but in Europe and the US, there are still pockets of followers who are still buying the albums and supporting bands,” said Girish.
Speaking on the ongoing pandemic and how it has affected artists and bands, he said, “It has really changed the way people look at live music. It’s in a risky zone right now. But there are lots of people who are still very enthusiastic about live music.”
He says that they have been performing even during the pandemic with all necessary precautions.
We asked Girish about his experience performing with Grammy Award-winning artist Chris Adler. He said it was “awesome” since they got to “cover classics all night”.
The band got to perform with the ex-Lamb of God drummer in November 2019 for a clinical workshop on music and a 3-city gig in Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Bengaluru. But Adler was so impressed with Girish, that he decided to form a new band called Firstborne.
The Sikkim band is currently on a tour and will be coming to Guwahati for a performance at the Hard Rock Cafe on April 2, Friday. Tickets for the show can be purchased from the link below: