Get to know Mumbai-based band, Lawntuba.
As we approach Independence Day, we’re celebrating some of the country’s finest independent musicians. This time around, we’re chatting with Mumbai-based experimental pop band, Lawntuba. Since the release of their EP, ‘On Silver Clouds’ last year, Lawntuba has been making a serious case for how good pop music can be. We had an exclusive interview with the band where we discussed their music, influences and… potential spouses. Here’s what they had to say:
When did your musical journey start? Tell us about the history.
The band – Siddhant Vernekar (SV), Krishna Purohit (KP), Shalom Benjamin (SB) and Aarifah Rebello (AR). SV – The seeds for most of the songs in our debut EP were sown in 2010. It was followed by a lot of music learning and listening between I and Krishna, finally arriving at the realisation that making music together would be a good idea. Somewhere in and around 2013-14 was when we really started working on those songs and giving a shape and structure to them. This was also the time when we started doing a few Open Mic gigs at the HIVE in Khar and Bandra Base in the city. From late 2014 to 2016 was when we intensively worked on the album and finally released it in May 2016. We shared our music with the Sofar guys who invited us to play a gig. Lawntuba was just I and Krishna back then. So the entire month of June was spent between not only getting Shalom and Aarifah to play drum and bass for us but also getting proper gear and improving our live playing skills. That very gig and our EP on Bandcamp led to a lot of conversations online about the band and the music. We’ve been doing quite a few gigs ever since.
How would you describe the music you make?
SV – Thought provoking, relaxing and special.
How do you think your music represents you on a personal level?
SV – It represents us personally as individuals with immense depth, full of filth and magic.
What do you do when you’re not making music?
SV – We make love or money and sometimes are successful at it.
AR – Sleep.
Who are your biggest influences?
SV – Radiohead, Charles Bukowski, William S. Burroughs, Haruki Murakami, Jan Švankmajer, Hayao Miyazaki, Salil Chowdhury, Scribe, Conan O’ Brien, Nirvana, Jonny Greenwood.
SB – The Beatles, Oasis, Operation Ivy, Yuck, Radiohead, Gorillaz, The Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar.
AR – Sara Bareilles, Dave Grohl, Norah Jones, Marco Minnemann, My drum sir Benji, the internet, my phamily.
KP – Enigma, Aphex Twin, David Lynch, SGNP.
Name your 5 favourite albums of all time.
SV – KID A, Pet Sounds, Pink Moon, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band, The Campfire Headphase.
SB – Whatever people say I am thats what I am not., Demon Days, Good Kid M.a.a.d City, Malibu, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
AR – Kintsugi, World on Fire, Culture Clash, Chariot, Monkey Business, Hungry Ghosts.
KP – Lateralus, Sgt Peppers, Moon Safari, Hydroponic Garden, The Campfire Headphase
Which Indian indie act are you listening to right now? What do you like about their music?
SV – There’s a song called ‘Funny Feeling’ by Mad Orange Fireworks. It has an exceptionally well crafted groove which is absolutely addictive. They’re from Bangalore.
SB: the f16s (always sound fresh)
AR – Fat Yellow Moon. His vocals are amazing.
KP – Aqua Dominatrix. His music is futuristic, funky, groovy and catchy. You can really dance to it and if you wish you can just sit back and absorb the interplay of the sounds. And the guy sure knows how to throw a party.
What are your plans for the future?
SV – Complete recording new stuff for the next album and looking for our possible future spouses.
SB – New material. New songs. New album. More gigs.
AR – Minus the spouse thing.
Any parting words?
SV – Life is painful. Eat well and look out for your friends.
AR – Bai.
If you like the music that the good people at Lawntuba are putting out, you can support them by buying their music and showing up for their gigs whenever they’re in your city. You can follow them on Facebook here and on Soundcloud here to stay up to date with all that they do.
Long live indie!