Sky is the limit

Mumbai-based band Sky Rabbit on its new album, its layered sound and free direction

When Mumbai-based band Medusa changed its name to Sky Rabbit, its music too took on a new beat. It became freer and more layered. It moved away from the heavy industrial metal music of Medusa. "The heavy music fit the times we were in. But now we've gotten past that metal stage and are getting into electronic. We've matured as artists and the music has evolved," says Rahul Nadkarni (guitar/samples). The band members have been on a tour of the country since December 2011 to release their first album (Sky Rabbit). Pune is their next destination on January 6.

The nine-track album includes songs written over the last three years. The tracks - Anti-coke Ganpati, Sweet smile diving, I become I, Try, Hilltop and others - speak of a sound that's bold and experimental. Electronica is merged with indie. "The response has been great. We've already played in Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Mumbai," adds Rahul.

The four-piece band has Rahul, Raxit Tewari (vocals/samples), Siddharth (bass) and Harsh (drums). Over the last one year, they have worked on the album with co-producer Ashish Manchanda of Flying Carpet Productions, sound mixing and recording engineer for various Bollywood and Hollywood films including The Chronicles of Narnia , Dev D and music TV show, MTV Unplugged. The self-titled album will be available at music stores from January 10. At their gig in the city, fans will be able to buy the album before its official release.

The tracks' music and lyrics have been inspired by different spaces and opinions. "There's no particular theme as such. All our inspirations trickle down," says Raxit. Sky Rabbit has performed the tracks at various gigs and the recording on the CD sounds almost like a live performance. "We've played them so many times so the CD has that feel of a live gig," he adds.

The music scene in the country has expanded in the last couple of years. "It has definitely grown which has benefitted us. We've got so many gigs now and people are more open to experimentation, newer genres," Raxit says. They've played in all major cities in India and even toured UK when they were selected as one of the four bands in India to be part of British Council Soundpad. "That's one of the highlights of our experiences as a band," he agrees. In 2009, they performed at the Great Escape Festival in Brighton and went on to play in Cardiff, Oxford, Liverpool and London.

Looking forward to their performance in Pune, which "is a great city to play in", we ask them the reason behind their curious name. "It brings nice images to the mind," says Rahul, while Raxit adds, "It's the only name we agreed upon! It's imaginative and denotes freedom. Our music too is kind of free now. It goes in any direction - the song is the leader."

Sky Rabbit will take centrestage at High Spirits, Koregaon Park, on January 6.

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