Kolkata is about to witness its first ever punk uprising. Calcutta Punk Society has been doing rounds in Facebook for more than a year and finally they are organizing their debut gig, RISE ABOVE!, this 17th of September.
We have had the chance of interviewing these guys recently and this is how it went.
PC: Firstly, when was Calcutta Punk Society formed? Share the story with us.
CPS: Calcutta Punk Society was formed in 2014. It started as a Facebook group created by Abhirup (The Neighborhood Thrashers) to unite fellow punk lovers of the town in a single cyberspace. The idea was first expressed by Somdatta Majumder (Blakhole) during a random discussion about the punk spirit and DIY culture at our supporting friend, Avijit Shyam’s place. Soon, the group became popular among the old-schoolers and punk fans of the town.
PC: Is CPS a completely different organization or is it a branch of Kolkata Old School Metal Association?
CPS: No, we are not related to any other groups on Facebook, but we do share a healthy camaraderie with Kolkata Old School Metal Association. It’s our love for good independent old school music that binds us together and we hope it continues to do so.
PC: So, tell us something about the gig!
CPS: This is our debut gig and we are working hard to make this successful. We hope this becomes the first of the many true punk uprisings that the city will witness.
So anyone willing to expect a punch in your face, fast riffs, bleeding eardrums and maybe a bleeding nose too if they’re lucky enough will surely have a time of their lives. There will be chaos as the bands rip the stage apart.
PC: What do you think about the punk scene of Kolkata, and also of India?
CPS: During the mid to late 90s, punk rock came to India through bands like Messiah, Tripwire and Rainvain. Since then many bands have been formed. Bands like Punk on Toast and Riot Peddlers. Tripwire even had legitimate records out there. But still, the punk scene here is in its embryonic stage.
Whereas, few bands have formed in Kolkata and most of them have disbanded. There was a punk compilation which featured many of the punk bands around India called “Disenfranchised in India”. Blakhole and Jeepers Creepers represented Kolkata in it.
Unfortunately, it’s true that at this point Kolkata doesn’t have a roaring punk scene due to certain reasons, but we are bloody certain that when it takes shape, it will wipe out every fucking thing in its path. This is just the beginning of a new age of the fastest, loudest, angriest form of music on Earth.
PC: What are the bands that will be playing at this gig?
CPS: Well, the announced bands right now are Blakhole (Punk), The Neighbourhood Thrashers (Thrash Metal, Kolkata), Dreadhammer (Thrash Metal, Kolkata) and Xplikator (Thrash Metal, Kolkata). If you think it’s over with them then you’re wrong. More announcements are pending in the coming days of this month.
PC: Finally, what difficulties does one have to face in organizing a DIY gig like this?
CPS: Difficulties for organizing a DIY gig yourselves in Kolkata are manifold. First of all, there aren’t too many takers for the kind of music we prefer and that takes a toll on the footfall at gigs. Then, we have the issue of organizing finance for the show and since sponsors aren’t interested, organizers have to shell it out of their own pockets. And finally, Kolkata has a serious dearth of proper venues and for those which are available, the attitude of venue authorities towards band music makes the situation extremely difficult. But we hope that things will get better in the future.
So be there at Muzik Factory this 17th of September to witness this gig. Passes have been out for quite some time and they are priced at a very reasonable Rs. 200/-.
CONTACTS FOR PASSES:
• North Calcutta – 8017838486
• North Calcutta – 8420830912
• South Calcutta (Avishikta/Jadavpur Thana/Santoshpur or nearby) – 8981534672
• South Calcutta (Tollygunge or nearby) – 9804236688
• South Calcutta (Gariahat/Ballygunge or nearby) – 9232475165
Stay tuned for individual interviews of the bands!
– Spirit Crusher