The Shor Bazaar Blog

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Umang - an experience

Today's gig at Umang 2008 was a mixed experience for us. The eventful evening started off with our esteemed former President Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam giving Umang a surprise visit. We were confused. The last time we had heard, he wasn't into too much of rock. He managed to leave the premises before the bands wreaked havoc (don't mistake the usage - musical havoc) on stage.

By the time we came up, the crowd were already enthralled to dizziness (or so it seemed) by Wehem and Prayaag. We didn't need to do too much really. And we didn't do much, either. We got about 30 odd minutes and during which we were requested by the young audience to abandon the more sombre numbers. For the songs that we did play though, we got a tremendous response from the crowd (despite de-tuned guitars, pretty ordinary mix and some other factors). We are very thankful for the same!

We would like to thank all of the organizers and volunteers of Umang who did a fantastic job of co-ordinating the event to perfection. It was simply amazing the way they handled us. We are honored. We would also like to thank those who attended the show and cheered for us. And lastly, thanks to all our friends and peers who gave us a wonderful critique which we are grateful for. We do look forward to performing on the NM stage in the future.

We'd like to leave you with a few amateurish images from the gig. Enjoy!

KD from Rock On! (Sumit Pillai) the movie was on Drums

Kirk Hammet... sorry, Joydeep Dasgupta on guitars

Jayajit Dash, wearing a Frank Zappa T-shirt on the microphone

The weird guy wearing the cool hat, on the bass

The masked axe-welder Robinman, on guitars

We could beat Pink Floyd, at least in photos - JD's psychedelia

The crowd really didn't get us. They tried dancing to pass the time

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Live @ NM's Umang

For your convenience, we have added a widget at the side-bar on the right (at the top) called - Gig Calendar. And the first entry says that we are going to headlining at NM College's UMANG 2008. We are scheduled to play on the 16th of August from 8.30 pm. Those of you who can make it, please do. We promise, you won't regret it!

You can keep yourself updated about our gigs, visits to our barber and everything else which is important at our MySpace page and FaceBook pages as well.

-- Update (14th of August, 2008) --

This ad for Umang came on Mumbai Mirror's August 15th edition.

(PS: Our guest list included Paris Hilton and she had confirmed her attending the gig. But since then, she has decided to run for President of the U. S. A. Hence, we are not sure about her being there. But we'll rope someone in! ;))

Thursday, August 7, 2008

The studio sessions update

It is hard to believe that it has been over a month since we entered the studio. Time did fly pass. We have had a wonderful time recording our album and we are happy to inform you that the mixes are getting ready and we are thankful to our wonderful engineer Chinmay Harshe who has managed to capture the essence of the band without totally going mad.

We are happy to announce a brand new Facebook group to supplement the Orkut community where you can keep a track on our whereabouts. Our MySpace page has also has undergone some changes recently.

Since we do not have anything else to muse about this moment, we decided to entertain you with some very shocking imagery from the studio. Enjoy them and do drop in your comments.

"We have a bad dress sense and this is one of the better outfits." - Robin on his Taylor


"Clowning around alleviates the pain; the Dhirubhai Ambani pose during the lean times." - Sumit


"A little self-possessed, and flamboyant but in the wrong way." - Dr. KK


"The battered and bruised guitar adds to the already overemphasized drama." - JD


"We are lazy and we like it this way. But not at the expense of... " - Joy


"He tried to control his frustration. But even his guitar gently wept." - Chinmay


"The marvellous Emprie Studio SSL console with the engineers at the helm" - Chinmay and Harshad


"This is as close as we could get to a band photo." - from L to R - Harshad (engineer), Nigel (Cellist), JD, Robin & Joy


Friday, August 1, 2008

Rolling Stone

We're happy to inform you that Rolling Stone (India) magazine has published an article about Shor Bazaar. The interview for this by their journalist Neha Sharma and can be found on the August edition of the magazine. We would like to thank them for the same.

In the same edition, we were surpised to find a review for one of the acoustic songs (Rasili Acoustic) on our MySpace page. We're flabbergasted at the 3.5 star rating (thank you!) and all the nice things, some of which even we weren't aware of, written there.

Thank you Rolling Stone India!

The snaps of the interview page is included here as well as the review page are given below.