We continue with the list of our heroes who make the band look so great…
- Leo James David aka Leo
True to his name, he is our leonine, fierce bearded Head of Security. One look at his super muscular body would discourage even the thought of making trouble. Leo makes us all feel totally pathetic when roadieing – as 5 of us struggle to lift a power amp, Leo coolly hoists an entire top on his back and walks away. Lifting 36 kg bags for 8 hours a day makes a Leo out of ordinary men. For all his musculature, Leo is a surprisingly nimble dancer. You should catch him do the “caterpillar” to How Can I get your Groove. He is also a learned philosopher and inspired the song “The Steal”
- Tanmay aka Tank
Tank is obviously big and not necessarily muscular. Tank’s crawling CPU speeds inspired Bala and Arun to coin the “plugpoint” concept. When Tank doesn’t get the joke even after a few years, you electrocute yourself in frustration at the nearest socket and scream – Plugpoint. Other Tank-inspired variations include “Transformer” and “Substation”
- Vaibhav aka Vav
Vaibhav is a short, suave and portly gentleman who has served honorably on the Thermal rolls. He is always mentioned in the context of the inseparable Tank-Vav duo. Vaibhav (sometimes Bow-Bow) is known for making really funny jokes in totally unexpected situations. Bark on brother.
- Sanket aka “Speedy” Gonzalez
Sanket is a super sweet super mental kid who earned the sobriquet “Speedy” because of his super quick guitar soloing. It is another matter that we could never hear most of the notes. For most part Speedy is timid, amiable and thoroughly likeable. But let him see any Thermal DNA under threat, and he becomes a snarling killer rat. You can meet him in cyber space sporting the smart sounding tag “Jonathan”, because “Bruce, who will want to speak to anyone named Sanket, Bruce”. Brother Speedy, hope you’ve hit that elusive million notes per second.
- BMC aka Butterfly
BMC is the roadie that no band, especially TAAQ, can do without. She is a diminutive super woman – she is designer, CD seller, marketing head, accountant, ticket collector, water bringer, powder putter and much more. Taking a break from all these activities, in her spare time she manages to dispense advice, hugs and sanity to the Thermal family. No wonder Midas couldn’t hold a candle to the Butterfly. Madam, we are proud to know you.
In the shadowy world of the Thermal roadie network sometimes appears a mysterious figure simply known as Auntech. Auntech is usually mistaken for an innocent adoring fan at the end of the gig, but make no mistake, Auntech is the super roadie. There are no words in any language to describe this individual, but let it suffice to say – the drummer can’t do without A. Along with Butterfly and the rest, Auntech’s persona is woven into the very spirit of the entity called Thermal And A Quarter.
- Elsa aka It’s a boy… it’s a girl… it’s a…Thing?
Elsa made it to the roadie ranks in the following manner. One evening, Rajeev and friend drop off another friend at the airport. The usual airport wait becomes another opportunity to operate under the influence. Rajeev vaguely remembers goodbyes and the drive back to Barton Centre, our then HQ, along with a third silent companion. Next morning we arrive for practice, and lo, there she is, Elsa – a passenger trolley from the airport. Since then Elsa has been the only uncomplaining roadie in the band, carrying all the heavy stuff with ease. Towards the end of her career she developed a limp and so she took VRS. Elsa is now retired and has a place of high honor (on the first floor) in our jam room.
- Suchin aka Slick Thief
Suchin is the shiny, latest, off-the-shelf acolyte in the roadie network. To describe him as a roadie, he is cool, calm, collected, level headed and never panics in any situation (and boy do we have situations). He has no minus points to his credit and nobody ever found his service wanting. Which can all mean only one thing. Only One Thing. He HASN’T BEEN AROUND LONG ENOUGH !!!
- Umesh aka Obi-wan-Pataani
The chronicler of this tale and many more to come. If you look at Thermal And A Quarter in the multicolor, larger-than-life big picture, you’ll see him as a pixel or two.
There are many more unknown heroes in the rolls of the roadie network. This post salutes them for their unselfish, unnoticed deeds.
You are invited to share more Thermal tales with this writer at St John’s on the tenth birthday of Thermal And A Quarter.