It was in 2004 that musician Sanchal Malhar first came under the spotlight. The slightly rumpled but high power opening chords of his college pop punk outfit called The Superfuzz had those in Delhi’s small-time clubs grooving to the music that had plenty of exuberance and elaborate riffing. Numerous changes in the line-up, a Channel V Launchpad title win and a collaboration with legendary producer John Leckie later, the band, known as Indigo Children since 2008, is ready with its debut album, to release in January.
“I heard the track Indigo Children by Puscifer and the name stuck,” says Malhar, lead singer, guitarist and the brain behind Indigo Children. The band has opened for Bryan Adams, Backsteet Boys and Freak Kitchen and after four years of making music together, the four-member outfit — with Nikhil Rufus Raj on bass, Sahil Mendiratta on drums and Jaidev on rhythm guitar — is ready with its debut album. “From making trance music to having an open-minded approach where we include elements of everything, we have come a long way,” says Malhar, who is averse to the idea of putting the band into a particular genre. At most gigs, the band roams around freely between garage, punk, indie and psychedelic rock.
Titled Triangulation , the 11-track album is a mix of old and new tracks with elaborate riffing, crisp basslines and intelligent songwriting. “You will spot some soft mellow tracks in the album, and suddenly, it will be about some heavy riffing and grotesque songs,” says Malhar. The title track opens with heaps of sounds layered together, followed by the band’s old favourite, the Black Sabbath-meets-Supergrass track Sing to Me. From high-voltage tunes to the bass guitar nosediving into mid tempo, the slightly trippy vibe of the song is likely to be one of the biggest entertainers of the self-financed album. Sanchal says some new tracks such as Flower of Life — a soft ballad inspired by the concept of Karbala, and Hummatic Magic — a progressive rock track, will also be there.