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    With a Middle-East tour, a new single and a Malayalam film, this year-old band is kicking up a storm

    For a band that’s been doing back-to-back shows after a full-house gig in Muscat, Thaikkudam Bridge’s lead guitarist Mithun Raju sounds incredibly chipper when he talks about the upcoming concert in Chennai on October 26. “After the second season of the Malayalam TV show, Music Mojo, this year, we have a host of new songs, both covers and originals. So those who saw us in April in Chennai better come back,” says Raju with a laugh.

    TD1The year-old band has been making big waves in the music circuit after their songs from the first round of the hit Malayalam music show went viral on YouTube last August. “We had no clue what was in store for us,” explains Raju. “We weren’t even a proper band. We were just a group of musicians who had got together for the music show. We went our separate ways after that. It was only after our first proper gig in September that we decided to become a band.”
    Since then, the 14-member band has been busy touring South India and the Middle East. Their music, with its unique blend of Malayalam folk, hard rock and reggae, has been their talking point. “A couple of us have trained in Hindustani classical too, so some of our songs have that influence as well. Our music is multi-genre. I don’t think you can apply just one label to it,” elaborates Raju.

    Of their numerous covers and original songs, the two that frequently come up are Fish Rock and Shiva. “Well, Govind, our frontman, loves fish,” Raju says, explaining the name. “So we just decided to make a song out of it. The lyrics are by his sister,” he says with a grin. While this one is completely Malayalam, Shiva is in Hindi.
    In the midst of all this mad capering gigs, the band has just finished recording their third original single, Chathe and have at least three more coming. “We’re planning to release one single a month, once all of it is finished,” says Raju. And if that wasn’t ambitious enough, the band is also composing music for a Malayalam film titled Ism, directed by Vinod Sukumaran.

    For Chennai though, Raju asks music lovers to just kick back and relax. “There are going to be a lot of new hits in our line-up. We don’t have a set list just yet, but you’re definitely going to have fun,” says Raju, of the event being presented by Amaranta Entertainment.
    On Sunday, at Museum Theatre, from 6.30 pm. Rs.500. Details: in.bookmyshow.com

    —Janane Venkatraman

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