Girish and The Chronicles

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Girish and The Chronicles
Also known asGATC
OriginGangtok, Sikkim, India
GenresHard rock, Heavy Metal, Melodic Rock, Glam Metal
Years active2009–present
LabelsUniversal Music India, Lions Pride Music (Denmark), Frontiers Records
Websitewww.girishandthechronicles.com
Members
  • Girish Pradhan
  • Suraz Karki
  • Yogesh Pradhan
  • Nagen Mongranti

Girish and The Chronicles (commonly abbreviated as GATC) is an Indian Hard rock/Melodic Rock/Heavy Metal band from Gangtok, Sikkim, formed in 2009, by Vocalist Girish Pradhan. The line-up consists of Girish Pradhan on the Vocals, Yogesh Pradhan on the Bass, Suraz Sun on the Lead Guitars and Nagen Mongrati on the Drums, since 2010. They have been based in Bengaluru, Karnataka, since 2013.[1][2] The band has 2 Studio albums with a third one scheduled to release on February 11, 2022

Summary[edit]

The band released their debut album Back On Earth in 2014, with Universal Music Group, India.[3][4][5] They released their second album, Rock The Highway[6][7][8], with a Denmark based record label, Lions Pride Music, in April 2020.[9][10] The band is scheduled to release their third studio album, titled, Hail To The Heroes, via Frontiers Records on February 11, 2022.[11][8]

GATC have opened for/shared stage with/supported, Hoobastank (2013[12]), Poets of The Fall (St. John's Medical College, Bangalore, 2016[13]), Destruction (Bangalore Open Air, 2014[14]), TesseracT (IISc Bangalore, 2019[15]) over the years and also backed Chris Adler in his The Chris Adler Experience tour,[16] in India, in 2019.

Rock The Highway:

The idea of releasing a new GATC album had been building up for many years, since their last album release (Back on Earth), in 2014. It became concrete with the band releasing a new single video, named Rock The Highway, in New Year’s Eve of 2018. It was first featured on the Canadian online melodic rock magazine, Sleaze Roxx.[17] Soon after, the band was approached by a Denmark based Record Label, Lions Pride Music, for an album deal. It was perfect timing, as the band had already written many demos and were ready to start recording a new album. The album release date was set to April 27, 2020 and it was to be named, Rock The Highway.

After a year, the band released a video for, Rock ‘n’ Roll is Here To Stay, officially announcing their second studio album, Rock The Highway, on March 29, 2020. [18][19] The song was well received by fans and critics alike and reached a wide Hard Rock/Metal audience, all over the world, like never seen before by the band. The US based online magazine, MetalSucks, was one of the biggest factors in introducing the band to a newer audience, who featured the song upon its release. Axl Rosenberg of MetalSucks wrote: “It sounds exactly like something Riki Rachtman woulda played on Headbanger’s Ball in the late ’80s or early ’90s, and I mean that in the best possible way”. [20]

Rock the Highway, The Album, was finally released on April 27, 2020, with the video for Identity Crisis. The Canadian online magazine, Sleaze Roxx was one of the first to feature the song. [21], along with Rolling Stones India.[22]

Rolling Stones India wrote: “Standing at about one hour and four minutes, Bengaluru-based, Gangtok bred act Girish and the Chronicles’ new album Rock the Highway is pretty much pure mayhem for any fan of Eighties rock and metal. Across 13 songs that don’t bow down to any gimmicks and offer everything from glam metal to rock ‘n roll, frontman Girish Pradhan is at his soaring, pitch-perfect best”. [23]

MetalSucks, listed Rock The Highway, third position in, ‘Vince Neilstein’s Top 15 Metal Albums of 2020’. [24]

Many other magazines listed the album as one of the top rated album released that year [25] [26]

Performance at UrRock Festival.

In November 13 and 14, 2021, the band performed at Ur Rock Music Festival,[27][28][29] as the first headliners in Sarnen, Switzerland, sharing stage with Nazareth. The festival included other notable names such as Firewind, Orden Ogan, Coroner, Savage Messiah, Rage and more.[30][31] It was for the first time, a band from Sikkim, had become a part of an international Hard Rock/Metal festival, in the European continent. GATC was to perform on the 14th of November, however they also performed on the 13th, as the first headliner, due to Coroner cancelling their show that night. The band was well received and both the shows were successful, with them getting some good media coverage and new fans in Switzerland. [32]

Hail To The Heroes

In early 2021, the band signed a multi-album deal with Frontiers Records.[33][34][35][36] With that, GATC became the first ever Indian band to get signed by the label.

The band released their first single, “Lovers’ Train[37][38][39][40][41]”, off their upcoming album, with Frontiers Records on November 11, 2021. It was released along with an artwork as a single. The band were in Switzerland, for UrRock Festival during its release and also performed this song live out there.

Soon after, GATC released a music video for “Primeval Desire”, on December 2, 2021, also announcing[42] their 3rd studio album, “Hail To The Heroes”, to be released on February 11, 2022, via Frontiers Records.[43][11][44][45][46][47] Axl Rosenburg of MetalSucks wrote: Get ready to party like it’s 1989: Girish and the Chronicles, who are arguably* the best hair metal band out there right now, have released a new song called “Primeval Desire.” [48]

Their third release and their second music Video, also the title track to the album, “Hail to The Heroes”, was released on January 14, 2022.[49][50][51][52] It was featured on Metal Injection which wrote, “The single pays tribute to the rock and metal heroes of the '80s that have sadly left this world while also offering a positive message of unity. As for the music, it does an excellent job of memorializing the legends that have gone before us all”. [53]

Albums/Single releases:

Back On Earth (Album, 2014)

Endless Road (Single, 2016)[54][55]

Rock The Highway (Album, 2020)

Lovers’ Train (Single, Nov 2021)

Primeval Desire (Music Video, Dec 2021)

Hail To The Heroes (Music Video, Jan 2022)

Members[edit]

  • Girish Pradhan – Vocals/Guitars
  • Suraz Sun – Lead guitars
  • Yogesh Pradhan – Bass guitars/Chief studio producer/Keyboards(Studio)
  • Nagen Mongranti – Drums

Discography[edit]

  • Back On Earth (2014)
  • Rock the Highway (2020)
  • Hail to the Heroes (2022)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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