- Band / Artist Caesars Of The Green
- Genre Alternative/Indie Rock
- Label Unsigned
- Year 2012
- Format EP
New Delhi has always been the home of quality independent Rock outfits that have defined Indian Rock Music for a long time starting with legendary acts like Indian Ocean, Parikrama, etc. What has struck me personally about bands from this part of the country is their inclination to experiment with different sounds, global and local, not worrying much about the acceptability of their music among the fans. A very very new entrant to the scene, and a potential bigwig is this four-piece Indie Rock outfit formed in 2011 recognized as Caesars Of The Green. Their brand of Britrock/Pop influenced Indie Rock, brought out in their debut E.P, You've Seen As I've Made You sounded very refreshing to me and I'm sure it will sound good to anyone who listens to their music.
For a debut effort, this E.P is a pretty good offering. The sound is good, so is the editing and mixing. Individual use of the instruments is good and their non-interfering presence in each of the tracks is what makes the album sound so easy to the ears. There are no rough patches in any of the songs, unlike in some other songs where you need to lower the volume in some instances to cut out on the noise resulting from the simultaneous blaring of the instruments. In other words, the melody in each of the songs is nicely put forward through a nice arrangement that is highly "brit" inspired. And you will be reminded of bands like Coldplay, Snow Patrol, The Verve, Killers, Kings Of Leon, etc during certain progressions and riffs. Infact, what doesn't make this E.P a tribute to Britrock, is a certain amount of originality and the fact that at times, this E.P sounds better than the stereotypical Rock/Pop songs you hear coming from Britain. The vocals is pretty good and the tone of the voice suits the kind of music they make. Outstanding is the bassline, which is very tangy and has a very strong presence in each of the songs. The tone of the guitar is very soothing and the ambient nature of the chords adds a wholly different charm to their sound. Repetitive or monotonous, probably yes, but very less compared to many other bands. Originality, well, not a hundred percent musically, but that applies to most bands, irrespective of their stature.
I Have A Gift could have been a better song, if the intro had been a little different, given that the middle parts of the song are pretty good. Rio De Janeiro is an easy going track and sounds pleasing to the ears. Too Little is actually a good song, with a much better introductory sequence, although it is very much Coldplay inspired (minus the vocals), and overall the song is mood charging. You've Seen As I've Made You (See) is not at par with the other tracks in the EP, and it seems that they have tried to put together a little bit too much in the song, and it sounds out of place, though it breaks the monotinicity that starts to creep in. The vocals and the other instruments don't seem to gel well enough in this particular track for some odd reason. Still, to me, is the best of the lot as it has a very nice introductory melody and the music is very soothing and well arranged. The drumming has been very good and I loved how the drummer uses the cymbals and hats to give the song an amazingly soft feel. Infact, this applies to every other song in the EP. The guitar tone, though, sounds very similar to what Coldplay used in their X & Y album so extensively.
Summing up, Caesars Of The Green's debut EP is something that you might wanna have in your playlist, as their music is actually good. They may belong to this plethora of urban bands trying to make good music, all over the country, but they are not headed for an inconspicuous and inconsequential end, the fate that most bands suffer. Instead, judging by the musicality of their debut offering, they are expected to rise much more and make better and greater music in the years to come.
This is a musical gift from Caesars Of The Green to all lovers of Britrock.
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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