Happy New Year Everyone! I trust you all had a good vacation.
I’ll like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continuing support and encouragement in keeping Them Clones music alive.
Post a short break from the circuit, Dev, Prithwish and I decided to spend time looking to broaden our horizons and to continue the 13 years journey that it’s been for us in the band. We wanted to represent a creative rebirth, and certainly a new season which would ring true to our friends and followers.
Our newest member Akshay Raheja has been doing excellent job with us in the jam rooms…studios and live performances.
We had a great year releasing two new singles and writing whole lot of new content, which will be soon made available for listen.
For personal reasons we didn’t do much gigs last year. We kept our priorities stiff as we could to bring everything in line with the overall objective of the band first. Which was to have as many new materials ready for recording and for future shows.
Days and nights of jamming in studios with a conscious effort not to really meander on sessions and take out things that really weren’t contributing to the song.
And just when we felt we got ourselves in a good spot with everything we have…we were ready to bid adieu to the closing year and looked forward to the coming vacation.
I for one being home away from another home which is Mizoram, looked forward to leave on 23rd Dec to spend Christmas with my family and friends. But that plan had to wait for another time and perhaps another year!
Dev gave me a call to tell me about a provision of a gig in December post Christmas. A year end edition of CloneFest?
Dev’s got this talent to give plan spoiler phone calls which always works for him. He gets me with guilt. Which is why at times I refuse to take his calls. Similarly with this one. On having to decide to return his 7-8 missed calls, there I was; heard the man and I couldn’t say no to having my own band’s festival organized. Again.
You know, as a mature adult there are those rare important moments when you are asked to show up for the sake of someone from another planet who nonetheless are good people and have made more than a few sacrifices on your behalf. Parents.
So in a very long while, uncharacteristically I was loss at words when I made that guilty phone call to my Mom and Dad.
My folks have been very kind and understanding to me for years despite…anyway.
Mom called back to tell me “how you want to spend Christmas is your personal choice and if this is important to you, go ahead”. Another breeze of guilt there.
So on.. we had the privilege of organizing the Clonefest in its new avtaar that too end December… a special edition with two nights of good music from some of the newer acts in the circuit.
I have a deep respect and admiration for all the bands that performed on both the nights. It’s phenomenally a blessed feeling to be able to do this again.
Big thanks to the folks from Jameson, the bands, media, and most of all to our parents, friends and followers…
Thank you for having us back everytime!
Here’s to a very happy, healthy, and prosperous 2014 to all you Clones!
p.s do check out our FB/Twitter pages for pics of Clonefest Special Edition – EOY