Playing the local scene in Kolkata since January 2008, Gravy Theory includes Souradeep Raul Datta [vocals], Prince Sam Phillips [guitars], Somdev Thakur [guitars], Siddharth Cuppa Bhunia [bass] and Priyam Rico Chatterjee [drums]. They harp on a unique alternative/ post-grunge style that seeks to introduce an edgy, dynamic and yet a carelessly volatile punch of sound into the spectrum of the Indian rock scene. The heady mix of aggressive, temperamental sounds accentuates their high energy stage act that the band pulls off with conviction every single time.
The band explains their theory on the launch of this new breed of music into India’s scope, “We have had trouble already and there’s still a lot to come. It’s inevitable and that’s okay; it’s all good. We ask a lot of questions and it's probably because we're young and clueless with no sense of direction, as they would say. But ‘they’ are just there to make random deconstructive observations anyway. The blind lead the blind.” Aside from rocking out in pubs across the city, Gravy Theory has won several rock competitions including the Presidency College Annual Arts Faculty Festival Rock Act and the Heritage Institute Rock Act. They have also participated and succeeded in several musical events in which they were acclaimed the headlining band at the annual festival Sanskriti of the Jadavpur University, finalists of Armageddon 08 of the Indian Institute of Management, finalists of Battle of the Bands at the National University of Juridical Sciences, and regional finalists in the Campus Rock Idols.
When it comes to categorizing Gravy’s music, front man Raul replies, “Our music is an extension of our lives; we live our music. That’s how we answer the genre question. We aren’t restricted and that’s the whole point of this experience; to reject boundaries. It’s tough being yourself and doing your thing when all that people are looking for is assembly line in nature.” Aside from recording several new songs, they are brewing a whole new flavorful pot of just-round-the-corner originals. The band is currently unsigned and is looking for producers/record labels.
The Telegraph (April '08) introduces us to the "New Breed" - http://www.telegraphindia.com/1080401/jsp/entertainment/story_9083089.jsp
The Telegraph (November '08) writes about the "Rising Rockers - Groovy Gravy" - http://epaper.telegraphindia.com/TT/TT/2008/11/27/index.shtml?ArtId=533_002&Search=Y
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Credits - This article is written by Shonali Rice for Gravy Theory, who also manages the band currently.
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