TRAPPED!

Every one knows who they are. Every one knows what they are.
I first came across this band two years back, when my friend in a way forced me to give their cover a listen. I am not too fond of covers, however, this time I was listening to something different. I was listening to a group of boys play like there were about a thousand heads popping out to only look at them; and the boys were playing such that the heads would not rest. 
The first time I attended one of their concerts I saw the madness that was in front of the stage, and at the back, and everywhere. The audience would not rest, the boys would not rest. No body was tired and the violin jarred with the bass. I suppose the band is pretty much realized by now. 
As told by the violinist, Bhaswar, the band’s music is radical. No, it will not change your life. But it will drive you, it will make you hop out to purchase that last ticket to the concert. Bhaswar rightly mentioned that the stage was what had made him perform throughout. I would say, that is the same for every one of them. Listen to their cover where they pay a tribute to Satyajit Ray. The basic turns and moves of the music and the sudden juggernaut of a crambled bass and a vociferous violin gives you the exact hit in the head. When covering Game of Thrones there is a sense of trance present in the layout. Their original track Middle Earth might sound like an amalgamation of Irish Folk, progressive polyrhythmic and a little punk. 
The band is performing all around and the audience loves them. They remain loyal to the audience’s preference sustaining their own recognized style. They bring out a fresh essence, a sense of the youth back to the audience. They are among those few artists in Calcutta you would like to keep getting back to. If Amartya, Projjwal and Abhishu are the song that you would keep with you, TRAP is the sound that you would keep playing. 
What charms me the most about the band is their bond. You barely get to see it. Bands transform and alter every once in a while. TRAP decided to stay with the core. Maybe the violinist is the face, maybe the drummer is the favorite, maybe the bassist is chosen out-yet, you cannot keep them as a separate choice. TRAP is a band which might be perceived as a band with no frontman. You absolutely have to love them all. 
And so the favorite line up remains:
Bhaswar Sen – Violin, Viola, Electric Violin, Arrangements and Composition.

 Ronnie “Ronn” Chatterjee – Guitar, Vocals, Sound Designing and Programming, Arrangements, Composition and Production. 

Suanjito “Bindo” Dutta – Drums and Percussion.

Anupam Pyne – Keyboards and Vocals.

Swaphabha “Popeye” Roy: Bass Guitars.

Band Management/Bookings: Soumadip Das
P.S: Also do not forget to check out their new number PRADOSAGAMA which is to be released by the end of July…

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THE PHOENIX


https://youtu.be/_V5Slqi_Tu8

What else do I play?” Deep asked, “Are you asking me why I don’t sing?” 


As limited as my knowledge could be, I had barely given solo percussive acoustic music a listen, until I came across another FNO artist, Deep. And Deep told me that he has always been a confused soul, who would play randomly on the guitar who was only getting by. 


A pianist at a very early age and a guitarist at present, Deep’s music might be tough to fetch for some, but it is certainly something easy to rely on. I know that was a confusing statement. What I mean to say is that, you don’t always need words to come up with what you feel. You know that gap you leave in between words, that gap which remains quite priceless as not every one is given the opportunity to fulfil it-Deep’s music fulfils the gap. 


The SPAG artist, who gathers inspiration from where ever he finds fit, be it Igor Presnyakov or the Calcutta based band TRAP, his music becomes a part of what most would call growing up. “No…not the kind of growing up you know, like the one where a 26 year old grows up, too…” 


Deep tends to think of music better when playing alone. He doesn’t seem to try and get by with a grand show or the granduer which is usually known to be attached to a guitarist-he makes music the way he wishes to. Unlike the lyrical pieces, or a song, which have a broader social outreach, Deep’s music might often feel about what he has gone through. He re-creates songs on his guitar, tilting them a little with his own style. He uploads a new song every day (#guessthatsong) and a new song every week (#songoftheweek). He has played in several places which include Piano Man Jazz Club in Delhi and Bengaluru’s B-Flat Bar. 


Deep wishes to keep playing. A self-funded musician who is able to pay his bills with his music itself, he understands that every age has its own taste. He knows that an artist ought to supply what artist’s age demands, yet only a true artist can maintain the topsy-turvy balance. He would not judge. He would not blame. He finds hope in the music he plays. 


I cannot say anymore about the artist, as he is somebody who stands by himself. You can find out more about this musician on his Facebook page ‘Deep Phoneix’, and certainly on the YouTube channel of FNO.