Music Album: Evolve

Music and Lyrics: Indus Creed

Song Name






The Money


Take it Harder


No disgrace


Come Around







Indus Creed was originally called Rock Machine with Mahesh Tinaikar, Mark Selwyn, Ian Santamaria (vocals), Aftab Currim (rhythm guitar) and Suresh Bhadricha (drums) on board and was founded in the year 1984. They subsequently went through many changes in their band. They were based in Mumbai. They released their first album in 1988 hailed even today as India’s first original Rock album and the second in 1990, both being successful. Thanks to the airing of their music videos on MTV India they moved from being campus favourites to a national rock band. They changed their name to Indus Creed in 1993 and released their first album under Indus creed in 1994. They displayed innovation by experimenting with typical Indian instruments like Tabla and Sarangi. They won the Asia wide MTV video music awards in 1993 for the video “Pretty Child”. They toured India, UK, and Middle East and even performed with Guns n Roses guitarist Slash in 1996 for MTV India’s re-launch.  They are also the first Indian act for whom MTV produced a Rockumentary.

Disillusioned with the way the music industry was changing in India, and with some members keen to embark on other musical pursuits, Indus Creed shut shop in 1997. Uday Benegal and Jayesh Gandhi moved to New York City at the end of 1999 with their new fusion rock band Alms for Shanti and released an eponymous album in 2000. In 2002, Alms for Shanti released their first and only Hindi-language album Kashmakash. In 2008, Uday Benegal relocated back to Mumbai, where he and Mahesh Tinaikar teamed up to create their acoustic side project Whirling Kalapas.In 2010, Benegal and Tinaikar regrouped with ex-bandmate Zubin Balaporia to re-form Indus Creed. They recruited Pune bass player Rushad Mistry and drummer Jai Row Kavi to complete the outfit, now down to a five-piece band from the original six-member group. The newly formed Indus Creed was officially launched on October 7, 2010. Universal Music released Indus Creed’s First album in 15 years released on 24 APR 2012. The album has been recorded in Mumbai, mixed in Austin, Texas by Grammy-nominated mixing engineer Tim Palmer and mastered in New York City by veteran mastering engineer Andy VanDette. Indus Creed was also featured on the cover of Rolling Stone India’s February 2012 issue.

They embody the spirit of free expression and individuality. They are known for their expansive and melodic sound.

Without much further ado, let’s quickly get to the review of their latest offering ‘Evolve’.

1. Fireflies

The guitar start with some electronics in the background indicates a smooth start. The song slowly picks up pace and then comes out strongly. The male voice is raw and embodies strength. The variation in the male voice between a soothing phase and a rock like pitch is wonderful to hear and is a display of his singing prowess. The lyrics are interesting and keep us glued. The song alternates between slowing down then picking up pace. The drum work compliments the song quite well. The way the song ends with the narrowing down of all instruments and the mixing of the lead voice is also a different try and works smartly.

2. Dissolve

The guitar start with some drum work in the background sets the pace until the guitar suddenly picks pace and rages hard on your ears. You won’t hear such guitar work anywhere else except in a rock album. The lead voice coupled with the fast paced guitar and the drum work that compliments this setup is interesting to listen to. The song then picks up pace all of a sudden and the lead voice along with the guitar rages on as if a tsunami has been unleashed on a city and then disappears all of a sudden. The change in pace is what keeps you glued. The guitar work is the highlight of this song and varies like none other from a soothing one to a ragingly hard one with the blink of an eye. The unpredictability of what’s next keeps you listening to it till the end. Although the duration is close to 8 minutes, you never tire with it till the very end.

3. The Money

This one starts off with some strong electronics and some fast paced drum work that you would usually hear in a march past. The guitar joins in and it makes the song a bit bearable. The lead voice booms on with the rock like voice and you can’t but get lost with it. The guitar work here is so different that only a trained ear can notice it. The drum work sadly feels severely out of place. Listen to this only for the lead voice and the guitar work that surely deserves some applause. The march-past like drum work is shadowed towards the end of the song with some interesting guitar work and some good drumming that makes the song’s end bearably interesting. One would have expected some more variation in this song that gets boring with the same words and the same tune getting repeated again and again.

4. Take it Harder

The song starts off with some electronics that pick up pace and then is joined with some equally soothing guitar work in the background. The raw lead voice is modulated enough to suit the slow melody phase of the song. The lead voice gradually rises in pitch and then goes full throttle with the drums and the guitar complimenting it. The guitar work in the middle is simply magical to hear and just keeps you glued to your headphones.  It stops all of a sudden and then the lead voice picks up again. The words are encouraging and motivate you to push harder. The variations in the song never seem to cease which is what makes this song so interesting to hear.

5. No disgrace

The start is like a volcano waiting to erupt and then the percussions and guitar join in. The high pitched male voice erupts with joy and croons before actually mouthing the actual words of the song. This is one song that would stay in your minds for at least the crooning of the name of the song. Mr. Benegal talks about the rat race that needs no introduction, and the pressure that all of us feel, and assures us that it’s cool if you didn’t win the race. While the lead singer sings the other words in a low pitched uniform pace he gets into a high pitched euphoria when singing the lines “There is no disgrace”. The guitar work in the middle coupled with drum work is nice to hear and never fails to evince interest. The variation in the guitar work is another highlight of the song. This song is sure to keep you glued with the thought “what’s next”. The song reaches a crescendo towards the end with the lead voice, the guitar and the drums all playing in unison relentlessly pampering you and by the time it ends, you might just be feeling if it ended abruptly.

6. Come Around

This one starts straight away with the lead voice without the usual instrumental preamble. The start has some interesting lines accompanied only by the gentleness of the guitar. It is only later that the lead voice is joined by some stronger guitar and the drums. You would want to hear this song at least for its lyrics. The song stops all of a sudden and then again starts off with the gentle guitar being joined by the drums and the lead voice again. The fusion of the guitar with its electric version is what catches your attention. Even though the song stretches on so long [6:28 minutes], you would never feel bored of it. Towards the end, the song assumes a feverish pace with the fusion of the guitar and drums before grinding to a gradual halt.

7. Bulletproof

The song shoots off from the words go. It takes a while to get your bearing intact when you are listening to this on high volume. So really strong guitar work and really tactful mixing. This one I guess is the shortest song in the entire album and what a whirlwind this is. It only slows down towards the end. The lead voice continuous keeps singing without the usual breaks for the instrumentals to display their musical prowess and the pace is uniformly fast. But you would like it if you are a hardcore rock fan. Because this has what other numbers lack: pace.

8. Goodbye

An interesting and different start courtesy the mixing. But not for long. You then have the lead voice joined by the fast paced drums and the magical guitars. The chorus is one thing that is interesting to listen to here. The guitar contributes to the pace of the song and also to the entertainment. It is just amazing how the lead singer is able to vary his voice to a normal one at one moment and to a hysterically high pitched one at the other. There is also a lot of experimentation here in terms of guitar work. Just when you thought if this is all to it, the song slows down and leaves the lead voice alone and then again joins in with more vigour. The perfect ending song to a near perfect album.

Album ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

Verdict: Believe me! You will love listening to this even if you are not a hardcore rock fan.

A comeback album after 15 years and boy! Have they made up for all those years lost? For an amateur, you will seriously doubt if this is the creation of an Indian rock band. This definitely seems every bit like a western rock band and even gives some tough competition to some of them. Remember that these guys are at it for close to 40 years so they can’t be taken lightly in any way. Each brings his expertise to the table and when all these are brought together you can only expect gigantic fireworks and that is exactly what transpired in this album. Each song is well crafted and well brought out. Some songs do screw up with the lack of variations and their repetitive nature but most others stand out and take the bow. The effort of mixing and Tim Palmer’s sincere mixing work is on display and this is what has made some songs really interesting to listen to and to groove to. Kudos also to the lyrics. Particularly in some of the songs. Jai Row Kavi’s drum work is par excellence and so is the guitar work which is the work of only a genius. Except the songs “Money” and “Bulletproof” all other songs would surely be liked by even the non-rock fans. This album would fetch Indus creed a completely younger generation of fan following and we only wish they follow this up with consecutive albums in future.