Men in Blakc

Shantanu Hudlikar was adamant on sending their album to Chris Athens.

Written by Anjali Jhangiani | Published: July 13, 2012 2:55 am

When the members of Blakc,an alternative rock band from Mumbai,were recording at the Yash Raj Studios,they met Shantanu Hudlikar,the head sound engineer,who was adamant on sending their album to Chris Athens,renowned mastering engineer,for mastering. In fact,he was so keen that he even paid all the expenses for the job. Thus,the album Motheredland was sent to Sterling Studios,New York,to be mastered by Athens,who has worked on albums for Coldplay and AC/DC.

With their single Untitled climbing up the charts on various international music channels,Blakc is overwhelmed with the appreciation it is getting from across the world. “This album has put us on a platform where we stand equal to any other international artistes,” says Anish Menon,the band’s guitarist. “When we wrote our first album,we were in our late teens and it was all about introspection. This time,we looked at things around us,and there was a lot of dissatisfaction that needed to come out through our songs,” adds Menon.

Besides Menon,the band comprises Roop Thomas and Shishir Thakur on bass and drums respectively,and Reinhart Dias and Shawn Pereira on vocals. Menon and Pereira put their heads together to pen down the lyrics that voice strong opinions on politics,India’s education system and other things that affect our lives. “The title was thought of after all the songs had been written. We realised what a mess it is out there in our motherland. Thus we came up with mothered,which means ‘messed up’,” says Pereira.

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