A blend of originals and covers

ENJOYABLE SET

A blend of originals and covers

The first weekend of 2014 saw local rock band ‘Mad Orange Fireworks’ take the stage at CounterCulture. Despite a low turnout, probably owing to the excess spending on New Year, the band played a tight and enjoyable set.

Since their formation three years ago, the band has seen some line-up changes, from a three-piece to four-piece and back to three members — namely Michael Dias on vocals and guitars, Kaushik Kumar on bass and vocals and Deepak Raghu on drums. However, the suited-up boys put up a great show. 

Though the set comprised mainly of original compositions, some fun covers were also thrown in with the likes of ‘Drive My Car’ by ‘The Beatles’, Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Games’, Michael Jackson’s ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ and John Mayer’s ‘Good Love Is On The Way’. While relatively new songs like ‘Orange Sky’ and ‘Empty Saturday’ were performed, the popular ones like ‘Feet Ain’t Movin’, ‘Break My Fall’ and ‘Confusing State’ kept the crowd grooving. 

What made it a more intimate experience was Michael’s banter between songs and interaction with the crowd. Even when he “kicked the other members off stage” to perform solo, it was done in jest and with a personal touch. 

Arjun Rao, an audience member, has been following the band since its formation. On the band’s revamped sound, he said, “I thought they sounded fine as a three-piece. But Rama’s (former guitarist) harmonics were definitely missed in a few songs. Still, it was a good gig that let them go back to their roots.”

Sheena Deviah, who attended the concert, was seen sketching the musicians from her table. Said the illustrator, “It was awesome for me because I did their album art and each song they played had an image in my head. It was hard to sketch them because they move around so much. But it’s because they are so vibrant that they are interesting to watch.”

The band too had a fun time performing, shared frontman Michael. “I really enjoyed myself because I felt very comfortable on stage. Usually, I end up saying some really dumb things on stage but it all made sense today,” he laughed. On going back to the three-piece sound, he said, “I like the challenge because there’s a lot more pressure on me. Plus, this gives us a chance to go back to our old material.”

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