3 Wheels 9 Lives as an album has no precedent in the Indian independent music scene – it is a sprawling triple-disc offering with 28 songs. It also marks the first time in TAAQ’s 15-year history that the band is working with a record label for distribution of its content. EMI, which still counts acts like The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Coldplay, Iron Maiden and David Guetta in its roster, has come on board to distribute the new album in the physical and digital formats. ‘Bangalore Rock’, as TAAQ’s genre is known, will now enjoy unprecedented reach across India and abroad.
3 Wheels 9 Lives was recorded in Bangalore, at the Taaqademy studios. It was mixed by the band along with engineer Niranjan Shivaram in Bangalore and mastered by Donal Whelan at Hafod Mastering, UK. Lyrically, the album covers a lot of ground, with themes ranging from Bangalore autorickshaws to John Coltrane and Cat Stevens, from children’s stories to pithy observations on the urban Indian condition. Musically, the listener will find everything from arena-rock to bluegrass, jazz to acoustic, and from prog-rock to punk to folk – the unique mélange that TAAQ calls ‘Bangalore Rock’