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Blind Image - Interview

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IMR:  How did the project "BLIND IMAGE" come up together? Would you like share something about your beginning days?
BlindImage:
Yes, Krishna (Drummer) met this young guitar genius during a show when "Prashant" aka "Demattio" was playing comfortably numb by "Pink Floyd" after which they had a talk about music and got to know each other. Later "Krishna" gave a call and then "Prashant" and "Krishna" jammed "Master of puppets" by" Metallica" and "Tornado of souls", which felt good. Then during the search for other band members they jammed with many people and after many line up changes they found a bassist "Shricharan" who was Krishna’s friend for 4 years and the most committed member of the band since he left his house in Mumbai and decided to stay in "Chennai" for the band. After trying out many vocalists the band found the "Whako" aka "David Simon" who completed the thrash identify of the band. And then the blind image line up was stabilized. Since then they have been burning every stage on which they play, with their heavy stuff. Presently they are working on an album which is expected by the year end or latest by Feb. 2008. Mean while they will be playing more live shows.

IMR: What is the concept behind the name "BLIND IMAGE”?
BlindImage:
An image being a portrayal or a replication of things that we hear and see around us within our hearts and minds, things that are sometimes too real for comfort, facts that are too hard to swallow. And hence once in a while we tend to purposely hide such uncomfortable images away, blinding them from our vision to satisfy our own sense of vanity. These images become our blind images, representations of the devil within us all.

IMR:  If I am not wrong you guys are about to release an album somewhere in June. Let us know when it is going to be released, I am really very much excited about it and I think so is everybody? Would you like to tell us something about the album?
BlindImage:
Yeah, the albums are metal with experimental touch and thrash bass and groove bass. We have aimed to make the sound of the album really dynamic. All the songs have come out will. The album will be having a ballad also. And a small interlude called SAY NO MORE. The songs in the album are:Skin, Psycho babble, Shit happens, Read my lips, MOB Anthem, Effigy, Say no more and Kiss of anarchy.
The album had title, but then we have decided to change it... so we will soon, update u guys with the title.  .. The album is very contemporary and unique. The lyrics are like from sex to politics to about life to girl friend dumping... The song effigy is about, a guys standing in the twin tower during the crash and analyzing how to die, either jump off or get burnt with the building... it has turned out very well... and skin is about sex.. lol. Well sex is an important part of life...lol... psycho babble is about, a random promise by politicians, kiss of anarchy is about “Let me go, set me free, kiss of anarchy” (girlfriend) u get the concept J….. Say no more is about life again... read my lip is also philosophical. So lyrics are pretty interesting... all the songs are catchy.

IMR: You guys sound to be more like legendary bands Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Metallica etc. Nodoubt many of the metal-heads like heavy metal stuff, but why not something original?
BlindImage:
Well, We are not like our influence. am sure of that... That’s the opinion ppl had when we just started because initially all bands play like their influences...  Now its original contemporary sound. Every note played composed is original, contemporary and carved out like a sculpture... We are very confident about that... Megadeth is our influence... that’s all... but We don sound like any of our influences... Am sure the Blind image has evolved to give a new sound a real fresh and GROOVY ONE.  So Its blind image the original and contemporary now… J u will be seeing that in the ALBUM.

IMR: Let us know how is the metal scene out there in “CHENNAI any more underground bands around your local circuit in the black/death/heavy metal genre, which are much, appreciated by the crowd?
BlindImage:
Metal scene in Chennai is Little bad only... but its increasing. There are ppl who takes effort to improve the scene... but right now it’s bad in chennai. But many other bands are coming up now... More death metal I must say… But crowd here is bad and still slowly improving.

IMR: I still remember the first time, when I saw you guys performing live at the "MUSICIANS MALL"(Mumbai). You guys almost had the crowd with the way every one of you was involved and hats off to your energy level. What you would like to say about it how was the experience?
BlindImage:
Oh, Musician mall is like an evergreen memory. We can’t forget that day... We played for an Awesome and energetic crowd. I must accept that, it’s one of the best gigs that we have played for sure... It was so awesome and a fabulous gig. Crowd sang along for every original and covers. What can make a band more happy than to see the crowd singing there originals. Mumbai crowd is crazy and we love it... We love to play in Mumbai as many times as possible. It’s a wonderful place with wonderful crowd. Mumbai rocks. We will come there and release the album soon.

IMR: List down some of your Indian/International major influences that really inspired you to enter the music stream?
BlindImage:
Megadeth, Metallica, Freak Kitchen, Pantera, Slayer, Lamb of god, Pink Floyd, rush, The WHO, Dave Mathews band, Queensryche, Meshuggah. Jazz artist like: Frank gambale, Dave weckle, Chickorea, Ron thal, Shawn lane, Guthri govan , Guitar Prasana , Steve Vai , Joe Satriani.
Indian bands we like , Moksha, Joint family, Zero, Pentagram.

IMR: Recently, you guys had shared the stage with one of India's famous band “METAKIX”. How was the feeling?
BlindImage:
Yeah it was good. It was a nice gig. Had loads of fun.

IMR: Have you guys participated anytime in any of the talent hunt shows (Yes or No)? Why?
BlindImage:
By Talent show you mean  COMPETITION ? Well we ve participated in very few competiton and won like underground 07 etc. The main point is , we don believe in the concept of competition. We feel that , its absurd to judge bands which are different.. every band is different. U cant really judge, all are good in their own way. I think instead having  competitions , they should have more open festivals in which all bands can play , that will be a great platform for all bands and its awesome fun.. We find the idea of competition , really  stupid.. so we don participate in competition. We concentrate on Professional shows only.

IMR: What do you think, do we have to adapt ourselves into the western culture to step in the Rock and Metal music?
BlindImage:
Not really , WE can be ourself. Music dose not belong to any one.. its for all.. Just because , we play music which was originated in west, it dose not mean that we have to force our self to the culture.Its jus my opinion. and NOTHING WRONG IF YOU WANT TO FOLLOW THE WESTERN CULTURE ALSO> Its ones wish.. Every one has their life to life. And they live the way they want to . WE are no one to say anything about it.

IMR: Which is the record label that you people are going for, and are you making video for the album as it is very much important from the promotional aspect? Are you making the album available in all the 4 - zones?
BlindImage:
Well,. We are sending the album to few international labels like, century media , nuclear blast, metal blades etc. and we all have to wait and see what happens after that.
And yeah , we will be making a video . not sure when. And yeah we will be releasing in all 4 zones . we are working on release gig  in all the four zones. So yeah , it will be avail in all 4 zones.

IMR: According to you , what role do these music related websites supporting Indian bands play in focusing the bands potential and making them familiar in each of the zones for setting up a fan base ?
BlindImage:
They play a very important role.. they are doing a great job in supporting bands and spreading the bands music. Publicity is important for all bands.  It’s a great initiative.. hope it grows and continues.

IMR: Describe "BLIND IMAGE" in one sentence?
BlindImage:
Well , I’ l describe in one word. Contemporary.


IMR: What message would you like to convey to all your fans out there across the country?
BlindImage:
We take this opportunity to thank all the fans for supporting us all this time... And we will deliver more music for you ppl….. We love you all and  thank you again… See you soon with our new album .

Keep head banging \m/  .

* Thank you "BLINDIMAGE" , hope that you guys recieve a very good response for your album across the globe . All the best from team IMR !!!


-Pravin Prajapati(LordMessiah)

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