The Unwind Center, a long-term partner of the Goethe-Institut Chennai, is a community center that focuses on developing artists and art forms. Though with humble beginnings, it is now an iconic platform for live music performances in India.
The Goethe-Institut Chennai has been supporting Unwind Centre’s endeavour to entrench a rock music scene in Chennai. The Indo-German Urban Mela offers a spectacular forum for 12 young Chennai bands spread over four evenings to showcase their talent.
Maybe you know where they are coming from, maybe you don’t. Maybe you know where they are going to, maybe you don’t. But what you really don’t know is what’s going to happen when you see them live! The "Captains Of Hook" is an Alternative Rock band from Chennai, formed in August 2011 by the ex-members of the band "Junkyard Goroove". The three proceed to exchange a few pleasantries but all are bursting at the seams to hunt down this Rock n’ Roll dream.
What’s special about the next band? Their members combine English as well as Tamil lyrics. "Grasshopper Green" is a jam band whose music straddles rock, funk, and folk, with a mix of English and Tamil lyrics. Constant emphasis on high-energy groove-based improvisation (jamming) keeps the music edgy and unpredictable: the band rarely plays songs the same way twice, and audiences say that its willingness to take risks on stage makes its performances engaging and thrilling. In the late 1990s, "Grasshopper Green" was the only band in Chennai (and one of the very few in India) to play only original compositions. The sensational come-back story of one of Chennai’s grittiest, in-the-face bands! Bordering on notoriety, the band takes a psychedelic journey every time they get on stage, and take you along!
Headbanging to Tamil rock beats might be the slogan of "Muttu Sandhu". Illustrating the recent mushrooming of rock bands in Chennai, the band’s style of music is unapologetic, marrying the music genre of choice and native tongue. "Muttu Sandhu" solely has Tamil lyrics which thrill the audience. "The Hindu" described a concert of the band at the Unwind Center in Chennai as "catchy riffs, great rhythm and keyboard work, combined with powerful lyrics and song writing".
Information on the artists
Band - The Captains of Hook
Year of formation: August 2011 in Chennai (India)
Style of music: Rock/Indie
Facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/thecaptainsofhook
Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NgDlcsJ2xw
Band - Grasshopper Green
Year of formation: Regrouped in 2011 in Chennai (India)
Style of music: Funk/Experimental
Facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Grasshopper-Green/209433072441955?v=info
Band - Muttu Sandhu
Style of music: Tamil Rock
Facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Muttu-Sandhu/278180182203497
Youtube links: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbhIAfEdJaE&feature=related & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aWrFG6uheY&feature=relmfu