Gingerfeet is this five-piece super group from the city of joy, and as quoted by the RollingStone Magazine, is a funk/alt rock band adhering to original music. Gingerfeet is a culmination of members of three very well known bands from the east - Cynical Recess [Kolkata], Still Waters[Gangtok] and DamageEra[Darjeeling] and it promises to be one of India's brightest hopes when it comes to represent their genre of music in the global scene.
The band got together sometime late 2012,there was no shiz and jazz about the line up. Allegedly, they just had a jam once and decided to go for the kill.The band comprises of Abhishek Gurung[Vocals], Abhinandan Mukherjee[Drums], Vedanta RajBareily[Lead Guitar] from Cynical Recess, Lokes Magar[Bass] from Still Waters and Dibya RajMukhia[Guitars] from DamageEra.
The sound of the band is very fresh and unique and promises to be something very new in the present global music scene. Gingerfeet has over 10 originals already and is working on their debut album to be released by August-September 2013.
Achievements so far:
The first time Gingerfeet took the stage as a band was in December 2012 at the prestigious Hornbill National Rock Contest, Nagaland which is considered to be the biggest rock contest in India and for the record emerged as winners by bagging the best band along with best bassist award after the likes of Indigo Children  and Slain .
"The experience at Hornbill Festival was out of the world as we played in front of 15,000 screaming fans singing/jumping along with our tunes.Its an experience,bands dream to have,we are completely overwhelmed to have won Hornbill Rock Contest at the first go as many bands dream to achieve this platform for years."
In March 2013,Gingerfeet was shortlisted for Hard Rock Rising 2013 - the global battle of the bands competition organized by Hard Rock Cafe - International chain of pubs in which the band emerged as all India winners and now will be representing India in the global scene.
At the moment, Gingerfeet is among the top 85 bands selected from all over the world to compete at Hard Rock Rising Global Finale in London this June. The screening of the top 3 bands will be done through online voting with each download of their song counting as one vote.
The band opens up about their Hard Rock Rising experience:
"Gingerfeet had their debut pub gig at Hard Rock Cafe,Hyderabad - Thanks to Hard Rock Rising 2013. We were very much pumped up about our debut and it did turn out to be a great one,we never really expected so much of support in Hyderabad being the only out-station band taking part in the competition. We won the qualifiers and then geared up for the grand finale scheduled after three weeks."
"The grand finale was awesome fun,we met really cool bands - Eagle Riders and Luminum, who were the other two finalists from Hyderabad. After a great competition,Gingerfeet were declared winners of Hard Rock Rising India and now will be representing India to the world."
"It was a fantastic experience overall,Hard Rock Cafe,Hyderabad was a great hosts and we had a great time there especially when it comes to hogging the Hard Rock Cafe 10oz Burger.On the other hand, the drummer of Eagle Riders Bobby[A veteran drummer from Hyderabad] gifted a Mapex double bass pedal to Gingerfeet's drummer Abhinandan."
"We had a great competition in the finals as we battled out with two of the most established bands from South India - Eagle Riders and Luminum. The crowd response was ecstatic,we never really expected so much of support in Hyderabad as it was our debut gig, following the qualifiers we had a greater response during the finals as some of the crowd had a glimpse of Ginger in the preliminary rounds. Overall it was awesome fun..seriously AWESOME!! And it really feels great to have such amazing fan base out side your home turf. Cant wait to play gigs in the other cities now."
"We did party hard that night after we were declared winners especially when we were told to get our passports ready..haha. We had a day off in Hyderabad before we came to Kolkata,so we ventured out the next day with some crazy Go-Karting Race with a doze of some amazing Hydeabadi Biriyani.
Thats probably the only post win celebrations we had coz we immediately hit the studios after we landed back in Kolkata."
Immediate Plan of Action:
"Gingerfeet is recording their debut album and we are in the studio at the moment. 50% of the work is already in good shape."
Their new single called " Stars " will be up for voting and free download now as it will be THE song representing Gingerfeet in the global scene of Hard Rock Rising 2013.
"So we expect all you guys to download and taste the Ginger.About gigs,we have already started getting calls from well known pubs across the country and we have a few gigs lined up in May 2013."
"Venturing out in the International scene feels really good,its all lined up in June 2013 so at this moment we are renewing our passports and making more original tunes.We are very excited about how our songs are shaping up and we hope it clicks the audience. It should suffuse black and blue..haha."
Download their latest single 'Stars' and cast them a vote here.
Debarshi Chowdhury is presently a student at Maulana Azad College, Kolkata. A music fanatic, he listens to a wide variety of music, from Country to Trance, and also does some, independently. Among his all time favourites feature PINK FLYOD, LED ZEPPLIN, QUEEN, DREAM THEATER, IRON MAIDEN, OASIS, KORN and others. He has tried his hands with a number of instruments, but in the end has settled for Guitar basically, though he claims to play the mouth Harmonica and Tabla too. He thinks that the Indian "Independent" Music scene is one of the best in the world at the moment, and he is always eager to be part of the revolution that should give independent or underground musicians the fitting prominent place they deserve in the International stage.
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