We’re not just a rock band. And we’re not just an Indian band.
We’re called Thermal And A Quarter and we’re a Bangalore rock band. We’ve been a Bangalore rock band since 1996. In that time, we’ve released 7 albums, including the first Indian concept album and the first triple album from the continent. We’ve played in the USA, Europe and all over Asia and we’ve been featured on radio shows and in magazines across the world. And like old blue eyes, we’ve done it our way. Still do!
So what is a Bangalore anyway, and what does it mean to you? We’re glad you asked!
Bangalore is not Bollywood. It’s a big city, but still has the heart of a small town. It’s landlocked, but it’s known for its lakes – many of which have mysteriously become residential layouts in the past half-century. It’s a garden city and its India’s silicon valley at the same time. Our city has a bit of everything in it – people from all over come here to study, work, play and live.
Thermal And A Quarter’s music is a bit like that, too. It’s comfortable with the western rock idiom in the same way that nearly everyone in Bangalore speaks at least a smattering of English. But it’s not just rock. There’s blues, funk, jazz, prog, maybe even some soul.
Like our city, we don’t need to wear eclecticism on our sleeve. But it’s there.
You won’t hear raga-rock clichés like the strains of a gratuitous sitar (or veena) in our music. But being Indian has shaped our music in subtle, inescapable ways. Maybe it’s our fondness for polyrhythms, maybe it’s the improvisatory zeal with which we approach a live show.
Being a Bangalore rock band is about being a kind of amphibian beast, comfortable in more than one world, and at home everywhere – even if Bangalore is where we put down our bags and stretch out when the day, metaphorical or otherwise, is done. So if you’re in the mood for some masala in your chai and some Chainese in your chow mein, get set for a full meal of Bangalore Rock. And we won’t charge more than meter mele one and half – promise!