the next band

the next band i played in was in Bangalore where I met the metal boy Rajeev. Sporting his goatee and thick black boots and the metal walk (a slight swagger possibly in order to accentuate non-existing muscles) he wanted to do only Metallica and Megadeth. At least in the beginning. Then we could graduate on to Sepultura and the like. Being the literal new kid in town I just went along since an old schoolmate was in cahoots with Rajeev.

‘Emerge’ was a classic 5 piece band. Moi on lead and rhythm. George (a tall gangly lad whose god used to be Ozzy) on rhthym and lead. Milan on vocals. ‘Rock’ Seby on bass. Rajeev on drums. Emerge made a good impression for Darpan 94. Usual condescending ‘great for a new band’ kind of thing. But we made a much better impression on ourselves. Considering that our main amplifier was Rajeev’s Sony audio system, and most of our instrumentation was borrowed we actually got together and did something. Plus… we had an own comp. ‘Run a mile’ a good old rocking number by ‘rock’ Seby.

‘rock’ Seby is one of those mysterious people who bring people together and then disappear. He played the one gig and then I rarely every saw him again. Somewhere along the line some credit goes to him for putting two of the future members of TAAQ together.

Emerge then reformed itself taking on Veeryavanta Bheede and Sumanth Walter Rao on vocals and bass respectively. The nomenclature was just too good to miss. Now a 4 piece outfit we hit IISc. we got through the finals! only because there weren’t enough bands. Saw we slaved away and stayed the night at Rajeev’s trying to work out a longer set list. Laughable gig. I was mortified. only time i’ve ever cried after a gig. Some how I had to sing ‘Seek and Destroy’ the epic Metallica song. And a few others as Veeru for some reason couldn’t sing those. So yours truly ended up forgetting all the lyrics on stage and mouthing strange syllables that even whales couldn’t understand. That was the last time I ever sang the main vocal part on stage. Maybe after 12 years I could think of restarting…

Emerge continued its emerging self by yet again reforming and taking on another bassist, lead guitarist and vocalist. Another wonderful heavy set, including ‘anarchy in the uk’ and so on. During this time I really got to observe Rajeev as an amazingly dedicated guy to the music. Which was why I stuck with him. In those days he wasn’t too imaginative, but he was very tight and very passionate. and still is.

Emerge wasn’t really a band. It was just a trial. But it set the stage nicely. Because one talented young man was yet to join Rajeev and me…

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6 thoughts on “the next band”

  1. Oh so you and Rajeev played together before Bruce joined in eh? I always thought Bruce was the one who put the band together.

  2. hi there,

    I stumbled across your blog while doing a guitar + bangalore search on google. I’ve just relocated to Bangalore and am interested in meeting amateur guitarists for jamming up and possible forming duo’s, trio’s .. I’ve played guitar for about six years and like to fingerpick and play fingerstyle guitar. If you happen to know anyone interested to play together, do pass them my email, its nkshirsagar@gmail.com

    thanks, and happy blogging!

    -nikhil.

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