BAND Over speeding? Or just plain Rock & Roll… Barely a year old, 83MPH has already made its presence felt.HARIN CHANDRA
83 MPH… No, this is not an article about a new speed limit in Chennai, nor is it anything traffic-related. This is an article about It’s about a group of six young musicians who got together and decided to shake up the underground Indie music scene, and what a way to start! Nine months into their existence and they’ve already played at some of the biggest competitions down south and won most of them.
Backing the band
The band members are— Vocalist Kenny Shaiza, Kitarist Aldrin Dominic, Bassist Harshit Mizra, Guitarist Raemus Castelino, second Guitarist Rishikant Ekka and Drummer Peter Francis. For the un-initiated a Kitarist is a keyboardist who plays his instrument much like a guitar. Okay! Enough of the education… But it is an interesting feature of the band as Aldrin Dominic is probably the first Kitarist to play in a rock outfit in India, and that’s pretty impressive. Another interesting aspect of their live shows is watching mad man Peter Francis on the drums. It’s almost like watching Leonidas on steroids.
Watching them perform their self-titled song 83 MPH and you can almost swear that you hear scream THIS IS SPARTA! That, together with everyone else looking like they were put on this planet for a purpose, to me, is the perfect concoction to spawn some good rock and roll.
The band started in January 2011 as a four piece outfit, but felt that there was something missing. “We were born as a four piece, but then later evolved as a six piece in August 2011”, says Aldrin.
The name 83MPH has a rather interesting yet modest story behind it, and it was just their ages added up together to get 83. And MPH was just the genres they were influenced by. M=Metal, P=Punk, H=Hip Hop. But however, the predominant and obvious classic rock influence sticks out like a sore thumb and leaves you wondering where the Punk and Hip Hop fit into all this madness. Influenced by the likes of Dream Theatre, Porcupine Tree, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Muse, Incubus etc… the boys say that they were born to entertain and profess their undying love for music.
When asked about their lyrical approach, Kenny replies with a laugh and proceeds to explain the process. “Sitting in class, we just pass a book around and everybody writes down one line each”. Spend just about fifteen with the guys and you’ll get the feeling that it is the sheer love for music, and the curiosity of experimentation that drives this group.However, with the initial success they’ve received, the band collectively feels that Indian Indie music has a long way to go, and needs a lot more support. “The only problem is that mainstream cinema music is still dominating the country crippling the growth of other genres, styles and forms of music” says Kenny.
Another interesting point made by Aldrin is “The Indian rock music scene is designed in such a way, that if you want to grow or be heard, you would have to play and win competitions”. He further goes on to explain “Some bands are not competition material, thus crippling the rise of a variety of genres”. Be that as it may, there is still a common consensus among the group that the state of Indianrock is better off today from what it was about a decade ago.
Everyone in the band share two common traits and that is that they all study in SAE together and that they’re not originally from Chennai. They all hail from different cities like Bangalore, Delhi, Manipur etc… proving that long distance relationships do work. The band is focused on the rock & roll dream determined to play at some of the biggest stages this planet has to offer, and in my opinion, it’s wise to not stand in the way of anything travelling at 83 Miles Per Hour.
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