In keeping with my rediscovered passion for live music, I went to St. John’s auditorium in Koramangala to check out the Sunday Jam. This is a regular event (first Sunday of the month), which used to be held in some faraway place called The Club.
The highlight of the evening was supposed to be a band called STOMP (no relation to that wonderful New York dance group). I wasn’t impressed. In fact, I left after two songs. One of the lead guitarists was a prima donna who was gesticulating to the mixer guy when the song was in progress and making all sorts of expressions complaining about feedback which we could not hear in the audience. Maybe they should’ve brought their own sound guys too.
The band that did impress me was Surfer’s Saga, a band made up of four doctors from St. John’s. I liked them because they played a couple of Satriani covers and nailed them. Senthil, the guitarist, was just awesome and he added his own improvisations to an already fast Raspberry Jam Delta V. The band was tight, they looked like they were having fun on stage, and they sounded good. I spoke to these guys later and that’s how I found out that Joe Satriani is coming to Bangalore. Woo hoo! It’s amazing the number of Satriani fans I’ve met in concerts in Bangalore.
A couple of observations about Bangalore’s music scene. There are a lot of talented musicians in Bangalore. There are a lot of heavy metal fans in Bangalore. There are also a lot of bands that have not figured out what they want to play, so they play everything, from metal to pop. Identity crisis I guess.
But there’s nothing to beat live music. Now, if they could do something about those mosquitoes at St. John’s.