Feels Good To Be Live (3 stars)

This article is from 2010

Feels Good To Be Live

Glee-ful young rock kids break out of Mumbai

This fresh-faced young seven-piece from Mumbai (who call themselves Something Relevant and have named their show after the title of their debut album) look and sound like they graduated from an Indian version of Glee. There’s an unmistakable air of School of Rock about these boys, all of who, (on singer, sax, guitars, keyboard, drums and percussion) are capable musicians. And their energy and enthusiasm proves to be infectious, as the crowd leap to their feet and accept an invitation to invade the stage.

The set’s a fusion of rock, pop, funk, blues, reggae, soul and hip hop. Initially it feels like they band are working through a music textbook, but as the gig progresses extended jams mash everything up and they settle into their own sound with songs about, variously, the recent legalisation of homosexuality in Indian and traffic jams in its capital. It’s conventional stuff and the happy-clappy atmosphere may not be to everyone’s taste. But it’s hard not to admire the youthful exuberance of Something Relevant, who are a big hit a home and who have been endorsed by rock bible Rolling Stone.

New Town Theatre, 220 0143, until 30 Aug (not 10, 16, 23), 10.30pm, £11--12 (£8--10).

Feels Good to Be Live

  • 3 stars

India's funkiest jam-rock band, Something Relevant is upbeat, innovative and contagiously fresh! With explosive live gigs, STR is a band for all seasons and reasons. This seven member ensemble has varied influences: Dave Matthews Band, Prince, K.O.L., Tower of Power, ALO, Antibalas, The Roots, Escher, PHiSH, Indian Ocean…