Motherjane a band from cochin (if i'm right) are a bunch of highly talented creative musicians. These guys are true artists.. Their sound is unique, lively, original and backed by good lyrics. I've been a fan since early 2002. I distinctly remember my first experience listening to 'Mindstreet' from a GIR CD (Thanks to montry) It surely did wow! me and since then i have huge respect for this amazingly talented band and boy they deserve some respect!. See the videos below. (i only wished that they managed to make a good video. It's noticeably a bit patchy, not polished well. It's a shame that such talented bands do not get noticed by creative media guys.) I guess we need to spread the word and so here i am doing exactly that..Their's nothing that comes close to describing their sound. All i can say is, the band has certainly taken huge influences from carnatic music and you can definetly hear that vibeing out of Baiju's guitar and eventally the band itself. The sound is unsurpassed, unmatched and totally phenomenal. To me they are inarguably the 'Indian' Dream Theater.
One of the most amazing things about both the music videos from ‘Maktub’ is that one was shot in 25 minutes (”Fields of Sound”) and one in 15 minutes (”Chasing the Sun”).
Maktub - Motherjane Promo
Fields of sound..
Long before religion, music is probably the first spiritual experience anyone is initiated into and this song is a celebration of the knowledge that our souls have been sung to..
Fields of Sound on youtube
Chasing the sun
"Time is the actual distance between people when ones chasing the sun". Brilliant Song!
The band's front man suraj speaks to split magazine on their experience with chasing the sun
"We, being a positive bunch, just enjoyed the trip. Twenty to thirty hairpin curves at an indecent speed took a lot of that joy out of us. As we reached, the sun was well on its way down and the place was closed to the public. It took a precious 25 minutes to find a cop who finally removed the barrier and let us in. Once again the shoot was on. We removed John’s drums and sped down a hill looking for a horizontal surface. We didn’t even have time to think about whether the sun would go down before we set up shop. Actually, I guess all of us did, in the back of our minds. The crew got one camera positioned and we played the song the first time. The sun was sinking. We relocated the camera and took shot number two. The sun was really on its way out. Like a friend of mine in the advertising world said, we all think there’s a lot of time in a day until a shoot happens.
The third time, the camera moved as a handheld. I still don’t know how much of that footage was usable and the only thing in our control was to enjoy the take. We did just that, standing on that beautiful mountain and looking over at the space that expanded before us and giving it all that we had as the sun made its final descent.
In retrospect, I can make the remark that we were ‘chasing the sun’ in every sense during the shooting of its video. "
All time favourite - 'Mindstreet'
Mmm, I take a step
in my sleep,
The id lies bleeding in mindstreet.
My angel's shot, full of holes
But now I know how to get him home.
In this world,
made of myth,
The rules change with every beat.
in the air,
'Cos here the gods hear your prayer.
Come act your dream in mindstreet,
Do what you want, go where you please,
Kick the devil in his B's
Stop living on your bleeding knees
Will... not give up, they say,
This is the way to Serendip.
Close your eyes,
learn to breathe,
The oceans are just a few thoughts deep.
Believe me...Not in me,
The messenger is rarely worth it.
If you wanna trip, go inside
Where the secrets of the universe hide.
And this is how, it's meant to be
The journey is the way you pay the fee.
Come act your dream in mindstreet.
Do what you want, go where you please.
Kick the devil in his B's
You don't have to live on your knees.
Keep coming back, oh yeah
Human kind has always sensed his track.
Feels better everytime,
To know, that we are all divine