Wednesday, October 13, 2010
So yeah - we're back. Thanks mostly to Sidestand, Harley Davidson, Rolling Stone and an EP that's been given away for free at all the Harley Rock Riders gigs. When a band starts playing after an 18 month self-imposed hiatus, the amount of momentum needed to get back on track is nothing short of epic. And thanks to the powers that be, we have managed to get the energy flowing - and it's showing - you know it's growing.
So - Sidestand. Himanshu Vaswani and Shawn Pereira approached us sometime in Feb 2010 to manage us. They described themselves as people who believed in our music, who knew the scene and who "is still a bachcha run by people with huge holes in their pockets". We heard out their 90 minute presentation on what plans they had, and hopped them on board soon after.
Since then, we've played at Sol Mirador (thank you BRA for once again starting us off), RGIT (along with Avial), Hard Rock Cafe Mumbai, Blue Frog (unplugged) and...
We got hit with the news about the Harley Rock Riders tour sometime in the first week of July. By the time it was actually confirmed, we still found it hard to believe. Harley Davidson and Rolling Stone had decided that they would take Split on a 5-city, 6-gig India-wide tour to promote the launch of Harley Davidson in the country. The numb, unreal feeling died down and Split started practicing like never before. New originals, rehashed covers of 80s pop classics, improv harp-guitar solos - everything was on the menu. We're still in the middle of the Harley Rock Riders tour (3 killer shows down - Delhi, Chandigarh and Mumbai (with Indus Creed!!!)). We play Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Hamsadhwani (Delhi) from now till December the 4th.
Split's also been paying loads of attention to our online presence - Facebook and Reverbnation mostly. If you happen to read this, would be great if you could join us on both -
www.reverbnation.com/splitsplit (we were #1 on the Mumbai Alt charts for a week, before Panic Attack pipped us)
We've also recently cut up some live footage from the HRR Chandigarh gig for a video. The song - Punk Rock Days. Post prod by Vaas from Enter Guerilla and Shekhar from Split & Blind Walk. Catch an eyeful -
And finally, in what is the biggest news, Nigel, our drummer since the beginning of Split-time has decided to move on. We inducted Split's latest entrant Varoon Iyer about a week back.
Will update more later. Got some work to finish now. Long live the interweb,