The Comeback Gig

Among the most popular bands in the city at one time,The Mavyns return this weekend to play at Mehboob Studio

Written by Zaira Arslan | Published: July 23, 2013 5:25 am

It is always exciting when a much-loved band that has been inactive for over a year suddenly,and subtly,hints at a return. So,when The Mavyns put up a post on their Facebook page on July 5 simply saying “Active”,there was naturally speculation and excitement. No public communication for over a week after only added to this,until it was finally announced that the four-piece Mumbai band is,indeed,going to make a comeback at Live From the Console (LFTC) on July 27.

There won’t be any new music by the band — which consists of Vivek Nair on vocals,guitar and keys; Kristofor Mendonca on drums and vocals; Pradeep Mathews on lead guitar and vocals; and Varoon Nair on bass,blues harp,guitar and vocals — at this particular outing. However,for now it should suffice that this won’t be just a one-off gig either. “We’re going to take this gig as an indication of what we want to do and then take one gig at a time,” says Mathews. But he adds that they do definitely plan to start writing new material together soon and that the songwriting process is also likely to differ. “This time there’s going to be more sharing of material and writing together,as opposed to coming to the studio with material,because we’re hanging out together a lot now,” he says.

From fairly humble beginnings,playing at shacks and bars in Goa,to their first gig in Mumbai in September 2009 and being recognised as a quintessential indie band,their journey was eventful,albeit short. After less than three years since the first Mumbai gig,they disbanded and went their separate ways. While Vivek Nair and Mendonca went on to play with other bands — the former most notably with The Supersonics — Varoon Nair started a solo electronica project called Squidworks and Mathews focussed on his day job at Oranjuice Entertainment.

Notably,The Mavyns were one of three acts who inaugurated the LFTC series two years ago,and were consequently called back for this,the second anniversary edition. While the return will see them mostly play tracks off their 2012 release,From The Tree Of No Ledge,Mathews says the new material is likely to sound different. The sound that earned them thousands of fans (and often criticism) resembeled ’60s British and American rock. “It will change drastically,because we have all picked up so many new influences in this time,” he says. Apart from The Mavyns,this second anniversary edition of LFTC also features Raxit Tewari’s solo electro-pop project Your Chin and Bangalore-based alt-rock band The Bicycle Days. The evening will begin at 6 pm with a screening of the film Searching for Sugar Man,based on American musician Sixto Rodriguez.

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