If you believe guitar strings are the only constantly playable part of that instrument, you got yourself a guaranteed double-check when you hear Deep Phoenix letting loose his grove. People who have already seen him in action on his Yamaha APX 500 guitar and Ernie Ball strings, know how he uses the wooden parts of the instrument with mesmerizing effect. But Goof Up Session in the cosy environment of The Doodle Room didn’t offer just that. With an added bonus of feeling good, that comes from knowing our ticket price is not actually for the show, but the money will be funding It’s A Dog’s Life – an organization led by two spirited teenagers from our city, who go out to give treatment to the helpless strays – we sat down on the floor for the evening’s presentation.
The first act was from the talented duo of Aidan and Aditya accompanying each other on guitar and tabla. Though they have lost few band mates, the sound of The Animal Farm showed promise in the first two songs with their off-beat combination of spirited rhythm and blues guitar, vocals and sound of Indian Classical tabla. Believing in the motto of save-the-best-for-last, the ‘Voodoo Child’ cover they produced at the end struck all the correct pleasure spots and the crowd broke out in much deserving claps. This band is going to be really interesting to follow. So, we wish them all the needed kick-ass band members who can make them what they want to be.
Kaustav, the second performer of the evening, was a solo act with his guitar, and a voice which can grow into a serious heart-melter for girls in town.
The main act of the evening was an hour long set by Deep Phoenix and his magical hands. His re-interpretation of the Andy McKee number is as penetrating as the original. The crowd’s favourites were his OCs, mainly his recent release, Familiar Blues (listen), and Things Will Get Better (listen). He simply took his acoustic freestyle to another shocking level with his composition inspired by Sober from Tool. We heard the sound of Tool in freestyle guitar for the first time and the sound Deep produced was overwhelming!
From the time of Möbius, Deep Phoenix’s guitar created an intriguing chemistry with the vocals of Tapasi Bhattacharya, and it was a mood-lifting treat full of melodies when Tapasi joined him to give us a surprise set. Check out a snippet of that performance below.
When musicians come out to showcase their talent and ask us to contribute to a noble cause, it becomes a memorable evening that we want to relive again in the very near future. So we wish all the luck to It’s a Dog’s Life and their friends who are always there to lend a supportive hand.