Their music has aretro lilt, bluesriffs and a greatlight-hearted rock‘n’ roll feel
hat is a rock band with-out an electric guitar?But Touchwood from Vellore Institute of Tech-nology (VIT) has proven it can bemore, having played at a numberof college competitions sincetheir inception in January 2008,including AmRock, IIM-Banga-lore’s annual rock competitionfor amateurs.“That competition was crazy.There was a Motherjane and Zeroconcert happening, before which was AmRock. There were about30 death metal bands, withnames like Chronic Zombie. Au-dience and band members alikehad long hair and were wearing black t-shirts.” When they ﬁrststarted playing, theband recollectsconfusionamongst thecrowd. “Easily,that was one of the best concerts we played be-cause these hard-core metal fans toldus they liked oursound,” says Arjun. As forthe sound, the band comprises Arjun (bass), Vishal (vocals,acoustic guitar), Cherian (key-board) and Avinash (drums), andthey are all about acoustic jazzrock. Their music has a retro lilt,blues riffs and a great light-heart-ed rock ‘n’ roll feel. The song,‘Don’t let me down’ (available on YouTube) is crafted with amplesnares, revealing their love for jazz music and especially Steely Dan. Amongst their favouritebands, the Bangalore-based rock / jam outﬁt Thermal and a Quar-ter (TAAQ), Skinny Alley fromCalcutta and Something Relevantfrom Mumbai ﬁgure on their list. And that is primarily how they see themselves – as a jam band.Cherian says, “Our casual get-to-gethers are where the music isborn. We just jam and that’s how we make music. That’s why wecan’t really classify the sound.”The band is not averse to adding an electric guitarist to the band.“If there is someone who can geton board with our music, of course the addition would begreat. But also, the advantage of going acoustic is that setting upsound (at live performances)does not take time,” says Vishal.‘Don’t let me Down’ alone istestimony to the thunderous ap-plause awaiting this six-month-old band from Vellore. They are yet to release an album, and they do play covers but check out theirFacebook page to listen to someoriginal Touchwood music.
They see themselves as a jam band, and that’swhy they say it is hard to classify their music
(From top) Arjun, Avinash, Cherian and Vishal of Touchwood
PHOTO: S. R. RAGHUNATHAN
THIS BAND IS ORIGINAL
Ice Cream,I Scream & more
f all the movie halls have run house-full andyou are wondering what to do the nexttwo days, here’s how you can, otherwise,unwind. Watch some Turkish movies.The South Indian Film Chamber Theatre ishosting a festival of Turkish ﬁlms on October7 and 8. The festival is being organised bythe Turkish Embassy, New Delhi, ConsulateGeneral of the Republic of Turkey in Chennaiand the Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation.
My Father And My Son
Ice Cream, I Scream
(6 p.m.) and
Who Killed Shadows
(7.45 p.m.)will bescreened onTuesday andWednesdayrespectively.
Ice Cream, I Scream
is thestory of Ali,an ice creamsalesman inMugla, who tries to survive in the face ofﬁerce competition from bigger brands. Themovie has won ﬁve awards.
, on the other hand, has ﬁvestories set in the Turkish metropolis, alldealing with the city’s underworld.
For details, call 98401 51956.
The Rain Tree is hosting a Gujarati foodfestival at Rainbow, the 24-hour multi-cuisinerestaurant, from 7.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m.The festival is on till October 12.
A scene from Ice Cream,I Scream