Ec{c}entric Pendulum
progressive death - Bangalore, India

Vibhas, the drummer, picked up the answers of the whole band.

Could you please introduce the band and its members to our readers?
Vibhas: Hello! The band consists of Vibhas on drums, Arun on bass, Nikhil on vocals and Arjun on guitars.

How did you meet up guys and what gave you the idea to create the band?
Vibhas: We all knew each other as members from different bands back then and just by a few mere conversations, a date was set to try out things that weren't tried before with the existing bands. All of us were a part of some other Metal bands before but here we were with an idea to try something new. I guess all of us had some riffs, a beat or a line to contribute, then about a week later we had ideas about who could be a vocalist and few calls were made. Finally we all came together for a show that happened at the end of 2008. A couple of weeks of severe preparation with 3-4 songs got us started. That's actually how we created the band.

What's the signification behind "Ec{c}entric Pendulum"? What does it mean for you?
Vibhas: Ec{c}entric Pendulum is a kind of pendulum that does not oscillate with obedience, it does not follow the norms or what it is supposed to do. We have tried as much to replicate the same with the structures of our songs.

Some say you play a kind of deathy/thrash Progressive Metal, but how would you describe your music?
Vibhas: We've been called Death/Thrash/old-school/Doom (laughs) in the past. So we are open to people interpreting our music however they want to. But we like to think about our music as being Progressive Post-Death/Thrash. With a lot of elements of different genres incorporated within the compositions it is hard for us to categorize ourselves and leave it at that.

First Indian band to play at Wacken Open Air! Give us details, how was it like?
Vibhas: It was insane! The sheer magnitude of the event was enough to make us cream our pants. To see so many people being there for the same reason was amazing. It was easily the best stage we've played on, in terms of management, sound, setup, it was all top notch.

It took two years to release your first album. Tell us more about Winding the Optics. What's the story behind it?
Vibhas: The material for the album was written from 2008-2010. Drums were tracked at Clementine Studios, in Chennai, and guitars, bass, vocals, were tracked at Shreyas Skandan's (Limit Zero) studio. On sending the tracks to Daniel, who was going to mix and master the record, he was a little unhappy with the way things were done and hence gave us his inputs and we went on to track all instruments, excepting drums, at Ankit Suryakanth's (Theorized) studio. This time guitars were quad-tracked and sounded complete. Further, vocals were tracked again at Resonance Studios, in Bangalore. That was a tedious process and the lack of funds kept pushing the release date further away. Anyway, it was worth it considering we've got some really good feedback and people have grown to like this album a lot.

You play a very technique and progressive music. What are your influences, musical or not?
Vibhas: Every members in the band listen to different kinds of music, however Metal is a common stand. The bands that have influenced all of us include Nevermore, Textures, Cynic, Tool, Indukti, Opeth, Death, Meshuggah, Soilwork, etc.

What are the recurring themes in your lyrics? What feelings are often spread through your songs?
Vibhas: The theme for the first album was about humanity, its weakness, a few of its strong points. A mix of both positive and negative aspects about human surroundings were captured, and I guess the new stuff will reflect more on the topics that are more abstract yet scientific and about various things that influence the mind, both materialistic and non-materialistic.

Tell us your greatest and worst memories since you started Ec{c}entric Pendulum.
Vibhas: The greatest memories. It has been a great journey so far. Winning Wacken Metal Battle India and being able to perform at Wacken Open Air 2011 is the highlight. The two unforgettable European "Tours". The huge sigh of relief on the day we gave the final album tracks of Winding the Optics, for the CD duplication and printing. And of course sharing the stage with some of our biggest influences like Meshuggah, Opeth, Textures. Concerning the worst memories, losing our guitar player to post graduate studies, and facing the hardships with bad or no equipment during our early lives.

Tell us more about the Metal scene in Bangalore.
Vibhas: Well, India as a whole has always had hundreds of bands but lack of venues. Further, with the recent division in the scene - which is really fucked up - with people choosing sides between "new-school" and "old-school" Metal, things have become a little too much immature and biased. One of the more premier venues for shows recently shut down due to the lack of funds, the bad management, etc. To add to all this, the government had issued a ban on live music in all places where alcohol is served, in Bangalore. This has affected all open air shows also, with Palace Grounds - one of the most well-known concert locations in India - not being leased out for shows. This has caused shows to happen on the outskirts of the city leading to poor turnout. Hopefully the scene will grow and people will realize the need for live shows and promote the talent that is there in such abundance.

Since a couple of years, Indian bands are coming to Europe to play at Festivals or just few gigs (Scribe & DR at Inferno Fest., Zygnema in Germany... And now the Wacken!). Do you think more and more bands will come in the future? What would you say to booking agencies to make them choose more Indian bands?
Vibhas: We can only hope that more and more bands tour Europe in the future. Indian Metal is extremely underground but some of the bands today are amazing. The level of skill, musicianship, etc., is amazing in the country and has been this way for the past decade. We can't really tell or convince booking agencies to choose more Indian bands, but it would beamazing if they do. Indian Metal needs to be discovered more because it's not as mediocre as people would think when they first hear about Metal rising in India.

How do you see the future of Indian independent Rock/Metal scene?
Vibhas: It would be amazing if a few record labels come down to India and pick up a few select acts and help them to distribute albums across the globe. The biggest issue here is the distribution of CDs. With the recent opening of sites like Hysteria online and Flipkart which offer cash on delivery anywhere in India, it has made everyone's life much simpler. However, records being sold internationally will boost the band's fanbase and things will probably come much faster that way. Future tours, future records, would be much better.

Do you have something to say to make people buy your album?
Vibhas: Not all songs on the album sound similar, so if you're looking for some variety in your music then do buy the album!

Finally, a couple of words to your (future) European fans?
Vibhas: Listen to all forms of music with an open mind. Help tripping. Cheers.

July 2012

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