Chronic Blues Circus is back with its second album after 14 years. Catch them live on Sunday
The Chronic Blues Circus — Bengaluru’s first blues band, and one of the longest standing music outfits in this league in India since 1991 — launched its second album recently after a gap of 14 years. And, the band vows not to be “lazy” any more, says its founder-frontman Peter Isaac with a chuckle.
Starting this Sunday at blueFROG, Isaac and his band of 6-7 members have been booked almost every week till the end of the year to promote their new album, Kali Yuga Blues II. And, as the calendar turns to 2016, we shall see them releasing yet another collection. Ten songs are ready to be punched into a CD, declares Isaac.
As if almost reading our mind “What’s the hurry?”, Isaac tells us, “Well I am in my 60s. Anything can happen to people of my age. That’s why me and my band are pushing ourselves. And, honestly, we do have a lot of material ready. On that, I have got a studio in my farm in Hoskote now. So we relax over tea, and make music.”
Coming back to what took this album so long to come along, Isaac explains, “Who buys CDs these days? Everybody consumes music online. We weren’t sure if a CD album was a profitable idea. Later we thought, without being cynical about it, let’s do it for ourselves, if not anyone else. So, we started the work on it two years ago.”
And, Isaac is glad he chose music over market dynamics. He has managed to sell quite a number of CDs since its launch in August. Thanks to the new musicians in the city, blues is here to stay, he says.
“Far more youngsters are interested in playing blues than they did 20 years ago. Now we have Ministry of Blues, Blues Before Sunrise, By 2 Blues… By 2015-end, there will be two more blues band to watch out for, I’m sure. Bengaluru now has more number of blues band than anywhere else in the country. We are the rock as well as the blues band capital of India,” he signs off. Well, take it from the man who got blues to the city.