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Chennai-based band Skrat inches closer to the roots of rock with its second album.

Chennai-based band Skrat inches closer to the roots of rock with its second album.

The band was officially formed in 2006 and before its members even settled on a name,they had a gig in hand. In a rush to submit a name that could be printed on posters and hand-outs for the gig in Chennai,one of them scribbled the word “Skrat” on the form and submitted it. When others saw their photographs on posters with the name Skrat written across in bold letters,they were surprised,but decided to stick to that name.

“Skrat is the tiny squirrel that keeps chasing the acorn. It is completely random and we have no idea why we call ourselves that but it has a rather cool ring to it,” says Satish Narayanan,the band’s bassist. The band includes TT Sriram on the guitars and lead vocals and Tapass Naresh on the drums. The trio will perform at High Spirits,Koregaon Park,on Sunday,to launch their sophomore album titled Bring Out The Big Guns.

After their first album Design,which was released in 2009,the band took a year-long hiatus when Naresh went to the UK for further studies. “While Naresh was away,we didn’t really do anything productive except sit around and weep for him to return,” says 24-year-old Narayanan. But as soon as Naresh got back,the three wasted no time in getting together and making some refreshing music.

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They decided to do away with the heavy duty music that was the flavour of their first album and came up with a completely different sound for their second album. “For Design,we used a lot of effects such as distortion pedals. But for our sophomore album,we came closer to the roots of rock. Our new sound is very basic and raw and that is what makes it so in-your-face,” says Narayanan.

The album features songs that range from fun and imaginative to those with an undercurrent of rage against corruption. Badass Samurai is a track about a Samurai who walks into a bar to gulp down some beer and unwind when he is provoked by some unruly people. The chorus is a fun sing-along. Another song in the album,Shake it off deals with waking up from a nightmare and trying to get it out of your mind. Their “love song” is an obvious offbeat number with the chorus singing: “Love is like snooker,so colourful but all balls.”

Skrat will perform at High Spirits,Koregaon Park,on Sunday,2.30 pm onwards.

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