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    City-based indie band, The F16s, wins Pepsi MTV Indies Unbox and also releases a dA�but album

    Formed in 2012, The F16s are one of the top emerging electro-rock acts in the country, a point theya��ve proved time and again. Not only did the city-based five-piece band play at the renowned NH7 weekender festival in their debut year, but they also scooped up the top prize at Conversea��s a�?Road to Rubber Tracksa�� contest, which resulted in the band recording an EP (Nobodya��s Gonna Wait) at New Yorka��s Rubber Tracks studio.
    Now Vikram Yesudas (drums), Shashank Manohar (bass), Josh Fernandez (vocals), Harshan Radhakrishnan (keyboard) and Abhinav Krishnaswamy (lead guitars) have a music video out on Pepsi MTV Indiesa�� Unbox. The a�?black and whitea�� videoa��a format that is trending, according to the quinteta��of their track Ausenberg has been produced by MTV, as part of their initiative to promote alternate music. a�?Ita��s an absolute joy to Unbox such talented musicians. The F-16s are a powerhouse and their song and music video are truly comparable with the best in the indie world,a�?A� says Aditya Swamy, the business head, adding it will be aired every day for a month on the channel. With multiple EPs (including Kaleidoscope) under their belt, the band is currently on a 16-stop tour across India to promote their first full-length album, Triggerpunkte, which is releasing in November. a�?We took about three years to produce Triggerpunkte (German for a�?trigger pointsa��). Though fans will find elements of punk and shoegaze in it, wea��ve stayed true to our alternative/indie roots,a�? claims guitarist Krishnaswamy, adding that all nine tracks (including Digital Dead) were recorded in the city, at the Tobs Garage studio. Though theya��re still putting the finishing touches to the album, the band is poised to play tomorrow at the popular indie music event, Ziro Festival (Arunachal Pradesh), followed by a slew of gigs across October, including Harley Rock Riders in Mumbai.

    a��Anoop Menon


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