Scribe (band)

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Scribe
Origin Mumbai, India
Genres Hardcore, post-hardcore, heavy metal, experimental
Years active 2005 - present
Labels Demonstealer Records, Grey and Saurian
Associated acts Pin Drop Violence, Chaos Theory, Split, Exhumation, Skincold [1]
Members
Virendra G. Kaith
Srinivas_Sunderrajan
Siddharth Basrur
Prashant Shah
Akshay Rajpurohit
Viraaj Saxena

Scribe is a hardcore/experimental/post-hardcore/metal band from Mumbai, India. Active since 2005, the band has built up a reputation for itself as one of the most technically proficient bands on the Indian underground metal scene.

Scribe performed at Saarang 2012, the annual cultural festival of Indian Institute of Technology Madras, on the 21st of January 2012, BITotsav 2012, the annual cultural festival of Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra[2][3] and Synapse 2011, the annual techno-cultural festival of Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, on 27 February 2011.[4][5]

History[edit]

The original 2009 line-up consisted of Prashant Shah - guitars Niraj (Pin Drop Violence, Chaos Theory), Srinivas Sunderrajan (Chaos Theory), Vishwesh Krishnamoorthy (Split). This line-up released its first EP, Have Hard, Will Core, on Demonstealer Records, creating waves among Indian metal fans and helping to build the band's fanbase. Soon after this, Akshay (Skincold) joined the band to add to the eclectic soundscape.

A video released for the song "One Wing Pencil" from the EP generated publicity for the band which earned it a place on the Segarams Great Indian Rock Tour, opening for Freak Kitchen, Sahg and Satyricon. It also played shows at ESP Explosion and Independence Rock, winning the nationwide tour and competitions 2007 title. The band continued to play shows in cities like Delhi, Shillong, Guwahati, Pune and Bangalore well into 2008.

The band's first album, Confect, was released independently in 2008. The band had decided not to commercialize the album due to lack of money and prowess to reach the masses and distributed the album free of cost to audience members at shows, and is available for digital download via the band's web page. Confect was placed fifth on Rolling Stone magazine's list of Top Ten Indian Albums in 2008. A similar list by RockStreet placed the album second. This was followed by a video for the song "Analyze That". The band continues to play the Indian metal circuit with appearances at events like MySpace Secret Shows, opening for Motherjane.

The album Mark of Teja (2010) was named the Best Metal Album at various award ceremonies.

In 2010, Scribe played at the Inferno Festival in Norway.

In 2014 they came out with their third full-length studio album Hail Mogambo.

Style and lyrical themes[edit]

The band's music is characterized by fast tempos and heavily distorted guitars. The riffs are generally compact and confined within a single octave, and are augmented by downtuned seven string guitars. The band favours a wet distortion sound, which is generally backed by a synchronized bass line. The drumming relies heavily on double bassing, with the snares and cymbals following a standard 4/4 pattern. Certain songs are melody based, although the melody lines are usually interspersed between fast sections.

Influences[edit]

The band is influenced by various bands from a variety of genres though primarily hardcore bands like Sick of It All, Raised Fist, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Poison the Well. The band is also influenced by Sikth and Textures, It is known to play covers at some of live shows like "Voodoo People" (The Prodigy), "Nobody Takes Pictures of the Drummer" (Nora), "Setting Fire to Sleeping Giants" (The Dillinger Escape Plan), "Condemned Until Rebirth" (Hatebreed), "Take the Night Off" (Sick of It All), "Slither" (Earth Crisis), "Playing Soldier Again" (Walls of Jericho) and a cover of Del Amitri's "Roll to Me" on Confect.

Discography[edit]

Have Hard Will Core (2006)[edit]

  1. Ninety Seconds is One Minute
  2. Buddy
  3. Bookie Love Song
  4. One Wing Pencil

Confect (2008)[edit]

  1. Analyze This
  2. Nobody Listens to the Vocalist
  3. The Kids
  4. Old Nagardas Road
  5. Analyze That
  6. Ate a Banana
  7. Dr. Salafiya and the Tea Parody
  8. Magpie
  9. Pomari Begattari
  10. Roll to Me (Del Amitri Cover)
  11. Purushottam's Revenge

Mark of Teja (2010)[edit]

  1. The Seed
  2. RSVP
  3. I Love You, Pav Bhaji
  4. Street Kharcha V/s Vice Kharcha
  5. M-power
  6. Dum hai toh aage aah!
  7. Heidi
  8. Mark of Teja
  9. DemonPra
  10. Kamla’s Back
  11. 1234 Dracula
  12. Don’t Say
  13. Judge Bread
  14. M-pyre

Hail Mogambo (2014)[edit]

  1. Hail
  2. Calendar Khana Lao
  3. Cops Cops (Cops Cops)
  4. Groove Narmada
  5. Return Of Oberoi
  6. Ha Ha! We're Poor!
  7. Tomato Aryabhatta
  8. Captain Raj
  9. Jugal
  10. Myothershirt
  11. Black Diamond
  12. The Fumanchurian
  13. Le Coupe France De Hair

Compilations[edit]

  1. Absolute Indian Metal (2006)
  2. Great Indian Rock XI (2007)

Current line up :

  • Prashant Shah - guitars
  • Akshay Rajpurohit - guitars
  • Srinivas 'Vaas' Sunderrajan - bass
  • Virendra G. Kaith - drums
  • Viraaj Saxena - vocals
  • Siddharth Basrur - vocals

Former Band members[edit]

  • Vishvesh Krishnamoorthy - vocals.
  • Niraj Haresh Trivedi(ex- Pin Drop Violence)

External links[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://indianrockmp3.com/2010/02/16/scribe-hit-the-studio/
  2. ^ http://www.sify.com/news/saarang-2012-set-to-enthrall-music-lovers-this-january-news-national-mbfsrEdddca.html
  3. ^ http://www.bitotsav.in
  4. ^ http://indianrockmp3.com/2011/03/11/scribe-abraxas-in-gujarat/
  5. ^ http://nh7.in/gigs/scribe-at-da-iict/