GANESH TALKIES - (Kolkata) - Alt Rock/Dance/Kitsch
EARLY SET BY: UNDERGROUND AUTHORITY (Kolkata) - Rap-Rock
THE GANESH TALKIES is the Indian - indie dance music cousin of Bollywood entertainment. They play original tunes, high on kitsch, alt-rock, reggae, ska and pop - in a funky, twisted brew, peppered with 'Filmy' influences.
Named as one of the ‘top acts to watch out for in 2013’, by Rolling Stone India and ‘7 Insanely Talented Bands That Are Going To Be Really Big In The Time To Come’ by Pepsi MTV Indies, this band is big on drama. Often in theatre couture on stage, the band's infectious energy makes their live act highly entertaining.
Ganesh Talkies have had a snowballing success story and have played at all of India's major music venues such as BFlat in Bangalore, Blue Frog, Mumbai, Someplace Else, Kokata, Downstaris at Zo, Delhi, etc and at several music festivals; including the NH7 Weekenders, Ziro, Converse, Control-Alt-Delete and more.
The band released its independent debut EP, titled Three-Tier, Non AC,in June, 2012 and a full length-album, in September 2014.
The Ganesh Talkies have also released two music videos for their singles ‘Item Song’ and ‘Dancing! Dancing!’
UNDERGROUND AUTHORITY was formed in early 2010, when two previously existing acts from Kolkata, !Banned (rap metal) and Skydive (rap rock) collaborated to put forth a new act that is an alternative rock / rap rock sound from India. Their music is flavoured by a blend of protest poetry, reggae, alternative rock, rap rock and hard rock. The band is noted for their socio-political messages / Anti-capitalism agenda in their song lyrics and also for their 'Music to express and not impress' quote.
After their success on India's Got Talent, the band became well known for twisting Bollywood retro songs and presenting them in their own style of music.
They have just recorded an album and will be performing an original music set at BFlat.
Also known as E.P.R (emcee/ poet/rapper), Santhanam Srinivasan Iyer is the frontman / emcee of the band, he's one of the first emcees / rappers in the country to make a mark. He is noted for his stage presence and passionate delivery of vocals. He's also the lyricist of the band and is a follower of Anarchist Communism, which can be seen in his works.
The band cites Rage Against The Machine, KRS-One, Cypress Hill, Living Colour, Public Enemy and The Roots as their biggest musical influences