Interview: Girish and the Chronicles Vocalist Girish Pradhan on Third Album

Hair metal: the seemingly old school” and classic” genre never truly went away as some genre waves have over the years. India’s Girish & the Chronicles just released their third album, Hail to the Heroes, via Frontiers Music s.r.l. in February, a fresh take on the classic genre during a time that needs it most.  

Sound and songwriting wise, I feel that we were looking for something that would have the traits of the ‘80s with the kind of riffs we grew up with, but at the same time, it needed to sound new and fresh. The title track, ‘Hail To The Heroes,’ is about paying our respects to an entire generation of bands and artists. Every song would probably remind everyone of their own individual favorites, but at the same time, give a fresh perspective. It’s as if it has come from an alternate universe or something,” Pradhan says, laughing.  

And in a way, it has. The band hail from Gangtok, the capital of the Indian state of Sikkim, nestled in the Himalayan Mountains and renowned for its spectacular views, culture, and good food and music. It’s a popular tourist destination with a diverse ethnic populace, though access takes some effort due to its elevation. The influence of music was more due to circulating music than experiencing touring bands in a live setting. 

There wasn’t really much to go on, Pradhan explains. Gangtok was a small town with not too many bands visiting the place back in the day, but there sure was a lot of rock ‘n’ roll being circulated around. Some of the local bands always showed us kids that it was possible for our people to rock on stage too. We had an elder brother figure named Stephen Namchyo, who was the heart of the scene.  

“(He was) a guitarist who could play like Eddie Van Halen or any of the greats. This was in mid ‘90s. This totally changed my life and I badly wanted to become like them. Their band would cover stuff by G ’n’ R, Iron Maiden, and all that. We would also watch the classic bands on MTV, the local bands covering them, and share cassette mixtapes in heavy rotation in school. I guess the whole thing just got imprinted in my heart as a kid and I could never deviate from that kind of music.”  

He continues, I think it’s important for songs and albums to act as a time stamp. I feel we have represented what’s going on in the world right now, along with the nostalgia of the past.” 

Watch the video for “Hail To The Heroes” here:

For more from Girish and the Chronicles, find them on Facebook, Instagram, and their official website.

Photo courtesy of Prabal Deep

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