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Indie watch: These guys have been serenading Delhi with beautiful folksy acoustic tunes

Percussive Maintenance is a predominantly acoustic band, but has its roots in the varied influences that each member in the band has, started back in September 2013 by two Delhi University students, Amartya (vocals / guitar) and Sandeep (Cajon). got an opportunity to talk to Amartya Ghosh about his music, band, and ideas.

“When I started this band I had nothing. Don’t have a lot now either but back then everything was either broken or borrowed or both. My guitar wasn’t something I could take with me on stage and my friend Sameer, who later joined us as a bassist, was kind enough to lend me his. Everything had to be slapped, hit, and smacked in order to make it work. The only thing that belonged to one of us and was in good condition was Sandeep’s Cajon which also required smacking and hitting. The phrase ‘Percussive Maintenance’ means when you hit something to make it work and that is how the name came up.”

What started as a duo turned into a full-fledged band by 2014, with another guitarist (Kshitij Mervin Ekka), a drummer (Ransher Parihar), a bass player (Sameer Selva) and a keyboard player (Ashish). The band has since then played several gigs and has received appreciation in the Delhi music circuit.

Their music cannot be really defined into one genre but if it has to be called something, it would be ‘Indie Acoustic’.

“Our music was still acoustic and still is but we’ve managed to find our sweet spot. Ransher is into a lot of Progressive music, Sameer loves metal music and makes some killer ambient music when he’s at home, I like mellow lyrical stuff somewhere between all of this lays Percussive Maintenance’s sound. We don’t use a lot of guitar effects but we’re constantly experimenting with different styles while keeping the basic format acoustic. We’re not virtuoso. We don’t shred or pretend to shred. Our primary objective is to write and perform songs that linger in the listeners mind for some time. It’s something that drives me and the rest of the band as well.” says Amartya.

The various members of the band bring something different into it and they all have their own influences to thank to. From Tool, Porcupine Tree and Racer X, to Jojo Mayer, John Blackwell and Arctic Monkeys, to Leonard Cohen, Radiohead, Simon & Garfunkel, Husky, Alt-j, Raghu Dixit and Nikhil D’souza. It is proper cornucopia of musical influences.

These guys have serenaded crowds with their music all over Delhi, from big events like Gig Week, to smaller events in Hauz Khaz Village, Gurgaon etc. They have also participated in the famous Shiva Squad Festival.

They have plans to come out with an EP but have so far not been able to because of insufficient funds. But Amartya isn’t too worried. “Ransher and I are just finishing up with college and we expect to hit the studio sometime around August. Let’s hope for the best!”

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