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Chennai rockers Junkyard Groove on what keeps them ‘alive and kicking’

High on the success of completing 10 years as a band this June, Chennai’s Junkyard Groove (JYG) hopes to keep the good work and momentum going. They return to the city and are looking forward to it with nostalgia and expectation. Ahead of the performance, frontman Ameeth Thomas takes us through a decade of memories.

Tells us about your journey.
It’s the love for music and live shows that keeps JYG going. It may have been 10 years but every time I go on stage, it always feels like the first time.

Any turbulent times?
In the past, my band broke up but I didn’t give up. You get hit sometimes; you get up and start running. The band has also seen a change in line-ups but that’s all good. Our fans keep us alive and kicking.

Dealing with creative difference.
We fight, we bond and fight again. Sajith Satya (bassist) and Shashank Vijay (drummer) have been with me for four years and Josh Mark Raj joined us last year. Every musician brings in their own style. So even if the new line-up is playing old tracks, they blend their style into the composition and make it their own.

How has the music scene evolved?
For JYG, it is all about groove and soul. We don’t focus on any one genre. I write music from my experiences in life. The industry however, has grown. Independent artistes are growing more so. When I started off, we barely had a music scene and had to rely on competitions. People used to throw stuff at us when we used to play our music. Now if you don’t play your music, you are just another cover band that plays at hotels.

More on the upcoming EP,
Before I Go.
We recently played Follows Me Down from the EP and it went well. The blues-inspired song goes back to a time I was learning the guitar. The rest will be out soon.

Sneak-peek into the gig.
The city is like a drug, we can’t get enough of it. Expect the unexpected, and let’s do it Junkyard Groove style.
September 3. 8 pm. At Vapour, Indiranagar. Tickets (`300) on
bookmyshow.com

—Barkha Kumari

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