In the break that followed, as Helga’s Fun Castle prepared to begin, I switched over to the right side which was mostly empty and less claustrophobic. I’d heard Sidd of HFC sing at Youth Nexus, and had heard a lot about this band. They began with a RHCP cover which was okay. With a drastic switch in genre, it took a little time to adjust to the change of music. They sang their originals – Mr. Fancypants, Sometimes. I thought ‘Sometimes’ was a cover, initially; excellent song. They also sang their own version of Bulls on Parade, which Sidd called Cows on Parade. They also modified a song called ‘For Luke’, calling it For You and dedicating it to one of the chaps in the crowd. Also “Don’t Phunk with my Heart” and Elevation (U2). Some excellent lead guitar solos and one bass solo which was barely audible. I bought their CD from Vijay Nair (their manager and Dunbarish’s brother – those of you from FLS) after the show.
HFC’s music wasn’t of a single genre in particular. As they claimed, they were there to have fun, and that they did. On the sparsely populated left side, things were a little awkward as bhangra and strange govinda-like dances were being executed. Whatever works for the guys that were doing it – I really didn’t mind. No moshing there, unlike what Prithwish had pointed out.
On the whole, the gig at SRCC was a relief. I think I’m now addicted to gigs and am finding it difficult to ignore them. Went for a Christmas death metal gig at Cafe Morrison, where I didn’t understand what was being played. Okay, the thing about death metal that I now like is the variations in bass, which are otherwise not as evident in other forms of metal because lead takes center-stage. The variations in bass are subtle, and I guess it takes a while for you to tune into them. HDHD recco’ed an industrial band called Ministry to me three years ago, and I have only just begun liking it. This, anyway, calls for a review of the last year, with a focus on music.