We guess you already know how wrong are people who say “Punk is dead.” And we have a band from our very own city who has been proving the above statement wrong since a long time. These guys call themselves Blakhole, and are the third to be interviewed by us prior to Forged In Fire III.
Blakhole was formed way back in 2011 and have remained very much underground. They did a few shows with an incomplete line-up(no bassist) and featured a bassist for the first time in Kolkata Old School Metal Association’s Strength Of Steel. They have a pure punk sound influenced by the likes of Sex Pistols, The Clash etc. and sing about a variety of issues ranging from personal to political. However, they have frequent line-up changes, with Protyush being the only constant, and will be again performing with a couple of new faces in the upcoming gig. The bassist, who is also one of the support pillars of KOSMA, has also remained constant since 2015.
We had a very brief and concise chat with the entire band and got to know the following:
PC: What message do you want to convey through your music?
Blakhole: Like most punk bands, our lyrics are based on reality and introspection. From personal to political, we do want to say something about the issues that disturb us. We believe that the world can be a better, safer place and punk can do so by pointing out the problems and subsequently destroying the bad omens from the world through popular consensus.
PC: What are you guys currently working on?
Blakhole: Our line-up is brand new and we are working towards making Blakhole better than it ever was, while sticking to our roots and beliefs.
PC: Do you have any future plans?
Blakhole: We are writing new songs and plan to start recording them soon. If all goes well, we plan to put our debut album together by the end of this year. Other than that, there’s always the continuous plan of playing together and having fun at it, both on and off the stage.
PC: What can we expect at the gig from Blakhole?
Blakhole: Expect a fun time! Short, fast and to-the-point. Hopefully, we can propel everyone towards a very peaceful state of mind by the end of our set.
Guitar- DE Ath
Guitar- Dipanjan Dey
Drums- Swapnadeep Mukherjee
Bass- Somdatta Mazumdar
Vocals- Protyush Paul